Miami Heat: Jamal Cain took 2-way spot but hopefully, Darius Days sticks around

Miami Heat forward Jamal Cain (8) dunks against Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7)(Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Miami Heat forward Jamal Cain (8) dunks against Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7)(Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports) /

As the Miami Heat continue to progress through their preseason, they are doing what all teams do but something that they do at a higher level than most others. By finding and developing unknown talent like few others in the world of sports can, the Miami Heat have built a reputation for getting the most out of those types of guys.

And the guy that seems most likely to be that next guy in a long line of success stories is Jamal Cain. Having a heck of a preseason thus far, averaging 12 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 1.6 assists across his three games, he’s also shooting 4/9 from the three-point line.

Though it isn’t a ton of volume, that’s the area of his game that really needs to keep going the most as he continues to figure his role out at the NBA level, as he is a do-everything type that excels in most other areas on the floor. He’s done so much of everything, that the Miami Heat decided to give him one of their two-way slots.

And unfortunately, that meant that he would replace Darius Days in that role. It isn’t all bad for Days though, who you want to see stick around.

The Miami Heat are one of the best at finding talent and among them this season is Jamal Cain. Taking Darius Days’ 2-way slot, hopefully, Days still stays.

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According to Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald, the Heat would like to keep him in the fold. Here’s what he had to say on the topic.

"Since the Heat’s two two-way contract slots were previously occupied, the team waived forward Darius Days from his two-way deal to make room for Cain. But Miami’s hope is to continue to develop Days, who went undrafted out of LSU this year, by making him a part of its G League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce.Days’ two-way deal with the Heat allowed Miami to move him to an Exhibit 10 contract on Saturday before he was waived. By moving Days to an Exhibit 10 deal, he’s now eligible for a bonus of up to $50,000 if he spends at least 60 days with Miami’s G League affiliate this season.But he’s also eligible to sign a standard or two-way contract with another NBA team after being waived this weekend. Cain, 23, now joins guard Marcus Garrett as the Heat’s two two-way contract players. Two-way deals can be swapped out at any time."

This would be the desired option, as Days does show promise with his offense as a stretch four. However, his defense and physical attributes at the moment were always a question mark, something that proved to be relevant during the preseason.

And that’s in the short time he was able to get on the floor, another mystery worth factoring into the whole decision. Or, perhaps Cain was so good throughout the camp and preseason process, thus far, that he wouldn’t allow Days on the floor.

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Either way, you are happy for Cain and glad he is sticking around, because he looks like a Miami Heat guy, through and through. And as noted, you certainly hope they can hold on to Days as well.