Jamal Cain signs two-way qualifying offer, will remain with Heat

Cain averaged 5.4 points and 2.9 rebounds in 18 games last season.

Forward Jamal Cain has signed the Miami Heat’s two-way qualifying offer and will be a two-way player for them for the second consecutive season, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski was first to report Friday.

Cain, 24, played in 18 games with the Heat last season, averaging 5.4 points and 2.9 rebounds on 56.1 percent shooting.

In 15 games with the Sioux Falls Skyforce, Cain posted 22.1 points, 9.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.3 steals on 54.9/37.5/60.6 shooting splits—posting a 22.1 player efficiency rating (PER) and a 67.7 true-shooting percentage.

The Heat entered Friday with one remaining two-way spot, which Cain now secures—joining guards Jamaree Bouyea and Dru Smith. With Drew Peterson, Cole Swider and Alondes Williams signing Exhibit 10 contracts with Heat and Chase Audige electing to go elsewhere, it made sense for Cain to return on the two-way if they weren’t offering him a standard contract—which he was reportedly looking for.

Who are the leading candidates to earn Heat’s final two-way spot?

Who are the leading candidates to earn Heat's final two-way spot?

We are three games into the 2023 Miami Heat Summer League campaign. Miami split two games in the California Classic against the Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento Kings followed by an 11-point win against the Boston Celtics in its inaugural NBA 2K24 Las Vegas Summer League game Saturday.

Nevertheless, we don’t know what this roster will look like in two weeks, let alone two months.

Cain’s infectious energy is good to retain. I wouldn’t be surprised if he parlays his way into a standard contract by season’s end.

This is a breaking news story. Stay tuned for updates.

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