Free agent 7-footer Kelly Olynyk has agreed to a four-year, $50 million-plus contract with the Miami Heat, his agent Greg Lawrence told ESPN.
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Olynyk is the floor spacing big man that Miami coach Erik Spoelstra had been determined to find this summer, an ideal complement to the Heat’s frontcourt. His role could well expand with the Heat, whose player development program could be a boon to further growing Olynyk’s game.
Olynyk, 26, had been a restricted free agent until free agent Gordon Hayward’s commitment to the Boston Celtics, which created a financial mandate for Boston to renounce Olynyk’s rights.
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Celtics guard Jaylen Brown was complimentary of his now former teammate.
“I thought he probably should have gotten a little bit more money but you know how that goes,” said Brown. “He probably should have been starting, he is a starter but he came off the bench for us and he played really well all year on a good team so I’m happy for Kelly. Miami has a good team and I wish him nothing but the best.”
Brown said Olynyk’s easy-going personality will be missed in Boston’s locker room and noted how Olynyk stepped up in a big spot with a 26 points in the Celtics’ Game 7 triumph over the Wizards.
Olynyk averaged 9.5 points, 4.8 rebounds in 20 minutes a game for the Celtics. He played four seasons for the Celtics, drafted with the 13th overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft.