Olynyk, Gay on move; Mavs, Now­itzki united

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - SCOREBOARD -

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.

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