Kelly Olynyk now 2 minutes away from $1 million bonus
Miami Heat forward Kelly Olynyk is fresh off a $400,000 bonus from clinching a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, but could be adding to his vacation fund with only a slight cameo in tonight’s game against the Atlanta Hawks.
By logging two more minutes this season, the 7-footer will meet the 1,700-minute threshold structured into his contract, which would net him a cool $1 million bonus, according to ESPN Insider Bobby Marks.
Judging by his recent play, it’ll be tough to keep Olynyk out of the lineup, as he’s having the best season of his five-year career, posting 11.5 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 2.7 assists, while making 50 percent of his field goals, and 37.3 percent of his shots from deep.
The Gonzaga product has played in 72 games this season, drawing starts in 22 of them and playing a career-high 23.6 minutes per game — giving Erik Spoelstra’s team a counter-balance to Hassan Whiteside’s physical inside play.
Since the start of March, Olynyk is shooting a lethal 41.6 percent from deep and averaging 13.2 points per game, though his minutes have taken a recent dip with Whiteside’s return to the court.
Olynyk snapped a four-game double-digit scoring streak on Tuesday, putting up only eight points as Whiteside dominated with an 18-point, 12-rebound performance against the Hawks.