On the heels of rumors of the team shopping Norris Cole, the Miami Heat have exercised their team option on the backup point guard for the 2014-2015 season.
Financial details were not released, but Cole is set to earn about $2.04 million in 2014-2015 according to Spotrac.com.
While I doubt the Heat front office decided to extend Cole in order to counter a single report, it is worth noting that fellow guard Roger Mason Jr. impressed in last night’s preseason opener and that the organization is committed to the importance of locker room chemistry.
Cole has appeared in 145 career games (six starts) and averaged 6.1 points, 2.0 assists, 1.5 rebounds and 19.7 minutes while shooting 40.7 percent from the field. Last season, he led the Miami reserves in assists 37 times, steals on 29 occasions, points 12 times and in rebounds and minutes six times each. In his two seasons with the Heat, Cole has helped Miami capture back-to-back NBA championships, appearing in 40 postseason games while averaging 4.1 points, 1.4 assists and 1.2 rebounds in 14.7 minutes of action.
Cole was originally drafted by Minnesota in the first round (28th overall) of the 2011 NBA Draft before his draft rights were acquired by the Heat in a draft night trade.