Terry Rozier has a minor right knee sprain and is considered week to week, and Josh Richardson will be re-evaluated in a few weeks with a dislocated right shoulder, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
That leaves the Miami Heat in a tough spot without their starting point guard and a key reserve for an extended amount of time. Already thin at guard, the Heat may have to turn to free agency to add some depth at the position.
They won’t be able to replace Rozier’s rim pressure and playmaking, not to mention his 30 minutes per game. Richardson has also been a key rotation player off the bench averaging about 25 minutes per game. But some of these players might be able to help the Heat get through this latest injury misfortune.
The Heat may first look in-house to see if they can get some ball-handling minutes from someone they already know. Bouyea was a standout for the Heat in Summer League and training camp before helping lead the team’s G League affiliate in Sioux Falls.
Bouyea is averaging 16.1 points and 6.5 assists per game for the Skyforce. At 6-foot-2, his small stature can be a liability on defense in the NBA, but he’s a skilled ball-handler who knows Miami’s system. Still, he’s unproven at the league level and didn’t last long after a brief stint with Portland earlier this season. If the Heat want more experience, there are other options on the market.
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