Skyforce alumni continue to earn big dollars with the parent club, the Miami HEAT, after Josh Richardson signed a multi-year contract extension earlier this week. Richardson is among five former Skyforce players that have made a significant impact on the HEAT roster over the last few seasons. His new deal is in the range of four years, $42 million.
OFFICIAL: The Miami HEAT have signed G Josh Richardson to a multi-year contract extension.
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) September 18, 2017
Over the last two seasons, Skyforce alumni have capitalized on the NBA’s growing salary cap for players. All five former Skyforce players have combined for contracts worth nearly $200 million since the start of the 2016-17 season. Hassan Whiteside (4-year, $98 million) and Tyler Johnson (4-year, $50 million) are both entering the second year of their contracts, while Rodney McGruder and Okaro White will continue to play on their rookie deals through the end of the season.
Since 2012, at least one Sioux Falls player has earned an NBA Call-Up to the Miami HEAT in each season. This list includes Javis Varnado, DeAndre Liggins, Justin Hamilton, Tyler Johnson, Henry Walker, Briante Weber, and Okaro White. Rodney McGruder played his way onto the HEAT roster during training camp in 2016, and Hassan Whiteside was traded for and then sent to Sioux Falls on assignment before making waves in the NBA.
This year, Larry Drew II joins his former Skyforce teammates at Miami’s training camp. With each new season, another opportunity comes for players to prove their worth. So, who will be the next former NBA G League star to earn the next big NBA contract?