NBA Star, Who Once Hesitated to Join Michael Jordan’s Hornets, Agrees Massive $20+ Million Deal With Jimmy Butler’s Heat

Published 07/07/2022, 1:06 AM EDT
May 29, 2022; Miami, Florida, USA; Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) dunks during the first half of game seven of the 2022 eastern conference finals against the Boston Celtics at FTX Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports

It has been a big week for the Martin twins. The former Hornets players have both grabbed huge contracts this off-season. Cody Martin has signed a four-year $32 million deal with Michael Jordan’s Charlotte Hornets side. Twin brother Caleb Martin has signed a massive deal with the Miami Heat.

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The Miami Heat, led by Jimmy Butler, made the NBA Finals in 2020. Since then they have been a few pieces away from another Finals bound stint. According to The Athletic reporter Shams Charania, restricted free agent Caleb Martin has signed with Butler’s Heat for a $20 million deal spread over three seasons.

This is the second season that the Martin brothers are playing without having each other on the roster. Caleb was waived by the Michael Jordan-owned Hornets in 2021.

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Martin brothers sign with Michael Jordan’s Hornets and Pat Riley’s Heat in the same week

Now, Caleb Martin is the one staying with the Miami Heat while Cody is re-signing with the Hornets. The two have had an impressive and lucrative off-season. Shams Charania disclosed both these deals via his Twitter.

Shams tweeted, “Restricted free agent Caleb Martin has agreed to a three-year, $20-plus million deal to return to the Miami Heat”

Charania was also quick to tweet about the other Martin brother, Cody Martin. He had his best statistical season with the Hornets this season. He averaged 7.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 2.5 assists, all of which were career highs. In addition, according to TeamRankings, his assist to turnover ratio was one of the best in his team at 2.9 assists.

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It was important for Michael Jordan and the executives at the Hornets front office to part ways with Caleb as the two brothers share a similar skill set.

Jimmy Butler adds Caleb Martin to the Heat roster in an effort to win a championship

Now Jimmy Butler has carried the Heat to a few successful playoff campaigns. They have reached the Finals once and the Eastern Conference Finals once in the last three years. It is important for the Miami Heat to add pieces to help Jimmy in reaching the top.

It would be interesting to watch Jimmy pass to Martin as he is one of the best passers in the league. Butler’s side has also lost out on veteran P.J. Tucker who is now playing with James Harden and Joel Embiid at the Philadelphia 76ers. Having the luxury of a high basketball I.Q player like Tucker on your roster is something the Heat would have wanted this off-season. Regardless, Martin would now likely get better minutes and a chance to prove himself to the Heat nation.

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The Heat have also added Nikola Jovic, who is tearing the Summer League up with his basketball skills. It looks like the Heat has a great roster ahead of the 2022-23 season.

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Hopefully, the Martin brothers have a great season with their respective teams. They have received huge contracts this off-season and will look to justify their value! Let us know in the comments what you think of the Martin brother’s signings?

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