Bam Adebayo speaks out on Heat picking up his fourth-year option
Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo can’t help but be happy and excited about the upcoming season after the team picked up the fourth-year option on his contract.
The Heat exercised the option on Adebayo’s rookie-scale contract earlier this September, guaranteeing him $5.1 million in the 2020-21 season. Adebayo, who is just entering his third year in the league, will make $3.5 million this 2019-20 campaign.
Miami understandably values the 22-year-old center, and Adebayo is obviously pleased with the Heat showing it through action rather than just mere words.
“It’s definitely a confidence builder,” Adebayo said on the team picking up his option, per Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “It’s one of those things that a lot of guys don’t get to see, but I’m glad it happened to me. So we’re going to keep this thing going and see if we can win some more games.
Adebayo is now the Heat’s undisputed starting center, with Hassan Whiteside traded this offseason as part of the four-team sign-and-trade deal for Jimmy Butler. The Kentucky product played in all 82 games for Miami last season, putting up averages of 8.9 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists while shooting 57.6 percent from the field.
In the 28 games he started though, the Newark, New Jersey native put up a near double-double of 11.8 points and 9.1 boards.