Heat sign D-League star Marcus Georges-Hunt to 10-day contract

 

 Marcus Georges-Hunt, shown here while playing for Georgia Tech, will sign a 10-day contract with the Heat. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Marcus Georges-Hunt, shown here while playing for Georgia Tech, will sign a 10-day contract with the Heat. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

UPDATE: Georges-Hunt signed his 10-day contract before start of Heat game against Bucks.

MILWAUKEE – Looking to fortify their backcourt because of injuries, the Heat will sign Marcus Georges-Hunt off the roster of Maine Red Claws to a 10-day contract.

Georges-Hunt, a 6-foot-6 combo guard, will join Miami in New York and be available for Friday’s game at Brooklyn. Georges-Hunt was added after the Heat applied for and was granted another roster exception because of Josh Richardson’s left foot strain and three other players who will miss the rest of the season. Richardson, though, can return at any time. When he does, Georges-Hunt, or another player, would have to be released.

The Heat also will be without starting shooting guard Dion Waiters for tonight’s game against the Bucks. Waiters sprained his left ankle in the Heat’s victory at Minnesota on Monday, Miami’s 11th straight win.

Waiters is listed as day-to-day but hopes to return Friday.

“I think it’s necessary,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said about the signing. “There’s a little bit of an unknown with Josh, he’s making progress but not quite ready for full contact right now. Dion, while he has making progress we still don’t know how long that’s going to be. It will be day-to-day. We’ll hope for the best but we need some insurance just in case.

“We really feel Marcus is most ready right now.”

Georges-Hunt is averaging 16.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 32 games for the Red Claws. He has started 27 games. He is shooting 46.7 percent from the field and 39.7 percent on threes. Georges-Hunt was named to the D-League All-Star Game this week.

Georges-Hunt was not drafted last June after being a four-year starter at Georgia Tech. He averaged 16.7 points as a senior and was named to the All-ACC second team last season. He played four games for the Brooklyn Nets’ Summer League team last July and two games with the Celtics during preseason before being cut.

“We like the fact that he’s a combo guard, he can play off the ball, he can handle the ball, he can make plays, he can shoot from deep,” Spoelstra said. “He’s a very competitive kid. Those things tend to play well with us. We’ll have to fast track him as much as possible. That’s way the season has been to welcome to the Heat.”

Spoelstra said this does not indicate a setback for Richardson, who will miss his 16th game tonight.

“He’s been making great progress,” Spoelstra said. “We have to keep it all in perspective. The fact that he’s doing something every single day and he’s having great workouts that’s progress.”

Chris Bosh (blood clots), Josh McRoberts (foot), Justise Winslow (shoulder) all are expected to miss the rest of the season, which allowed Miami to receive the extra roster spot when a four player was injured.

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