Olynyk, Gay on move; Mavs, Nowitzki united
Kelly Olynyk, a sharpshooting 7-footer who became expendable after the Boston Celtics agreed to terms with Gordon Hayward earlier this week, has agreed to sign with the Miami Heat.
Agent Greg Lawrence confirmed the decision to The Associated Press on Thursday night. ESPN reported it would be a four-year deal worth in excess of $50 million.
Thursday was the first opportunity for NBA teams to make free-agent signings officials.
Olynyk, a 7-foot center with three-point range, spent his first four NBA seasons with the Boston Celtics and played mostly as a reserve. He averaged 9.5 points in 278 regular-season games shot a career-best 51 percent last season.
The Heat, meanwhile, value the corner 3-pointer, as many teams have in this NBA, and Olynyk could be an important addition on that front. According to the NBA’s stat-tracking page, Olynyk was 18 for 32 this past season on corner 3-pointers — and was also a strong finisher at the rim, connecting on 73 percent of his tries in the restricted area.
Olynyk had two 26-point games for the Celtics last season, including one in Game 7 of Boston’s second-round playoff win over Washington.
In other news involving free agency, the San Antonio Spurs have signed veteran forward Rudy Gay.
Gay averaged 18.7 points last season in Sacramento but was limited to 30 games before rupturing his left Achilles tendon in January and having surgery a few days later.