Report: Heat to sign former Celtics forward Jordan Mickey

Jordan Mickey #55 of the Boston Celtics puts up a layup in the second half of a preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on October 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

The Miami Heat are finalizing a deal with former Boston Celtics forward Jordan Mickey, according to The Vertical.

Mickey and the Heat are expected to agree to a $1.5 million guaranteed contract with a team option for the 2018-19 season.

The 23-year-old power forward was selected by Boston with the 33rd overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft after playing two seasons at LSU.

Despite being slightly undersized for his position at 6’8”, Mickey is an elite shot-blocking talent. During his two seasons in Baton Rouge, Mickey led the NCAA in blocks per game, collecting 3.1 as a freshman and 3.6 as a sophomore.

In a two-year, 35-game stint with the Maine Red Claws in the NBA G-League, Mickey built on his reputation as a shot blocker, averaging 4.4 blocks a game in 2015-16 and 2.8 blocks in 2016-17. He averaged 20.2 points, 10.6 rebounds and 4.2 blocks per 36 minutes over the course of his two seasons with the Red Claws.

The Dallas native also has the ability to knock down 3-point shots, converting on 21 of his 52 attempts behind the arc with Maine.

Mickey also appeared, in brief stints, for the Celtics during the past two seasons, recording 17 blocks and 47 rebounds in 198 minutes for Boston.

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