MIAMI — Briante Weber is getting an NBA opportunity and it’s not with the Miami Heat.
Weber has agreed to join the Golden State Warriors on a 10-day contract that will begin Saturday. The news was first reported by The Vertical.
According to a source, the Heat made a late push to keep Weber from leaving the organization. With offers from the Charlotte Hornets and Warriors on the table, Miami extended an offer to Weber earlier this week but he opted to join Golden State.
The Heat would have had to waive a player to make room for Weber on the roster with the offer they made him this week.
With the addition of Weber, Golden State adds guard depth with Shaun Livingston dealing with a back strain that’s forced him to miss the past two games. The Warriors waived center Andersen Varejao in order to make space on their roster for Weber.
Weber has shined with the Heat’s D-League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce, this season. The 24-year-old point guard on Wednesday was named D-League Player of the Month for January a day after finishing one steal short of becoming the first player to record a quadruple-double in D-League history.
Weber, who was one of Miami’s final roster cuts before the season, entered the week ranked as the top NBA prospect in the D-League’s “Prospect Watch” Top 25 rankings. He averaged 16.5 points on 45.6 percent shooting, 7.5 rebounds, 7.4 assists and 3.3 steals per game with the Skyforce this season before agreeing to sign with Golden State.
A similar series of events unfolded for Weber last season. He spent the first half of the 2015-16 season starring for the Heat’s D-League affiliate in Sioux Falls as an undrafted player out of VCU, and went on to sign a 10-day contract with the Memphis Grizzlies in March.
But Weber eventually returned to the Heat, signing with Miami in April just before the playoffs last season.
Will Weber end up back in Miami again? The Warriors are allowed to sign Weber to two 10-day contracts before they have to decide whether to sign him for the remainder of the season or release him.
Miami had a chance to bring Weber up from Sioux Falls last month when it was granted an additional roster spot on top of the NBA’s standard 15-player limit under the NBA’s hardship rule. But the Heat decided to use that extra roster slot to sign forward Okaro White from Sioux Falls to a 10-day contract.
The Heat’s decision to bring up White over Weber was a “positional” one, according to a source.
After Weber won the D-League Player of the Month award, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra was asked about him earlier this week.
“I love Bri,” Spoelstra said Wednesday. “We spent a lot of time with him and he’s just slowly getting better and better in the specific areas that he needs to. But I think he’s found a great place where he can develop. His time will come.”
And just days later Weber’s time did come, with the Warriors.