“Still Got Business to Handle”: Bam Adebayo Reacts to Massive Contract Extension with Miami Heat

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November 25, 2020 3:07 pm

Bam Adebayo had a breakout season with the Miami Heat. The big man became an NBA All-Star for the first time this season.

Adebayo was a monster with the Miami Heat during the regular season. He started all 72 games he played for the Miami Heat and averaged 15.9 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 5.1 assists during the regular season, along with 1.3 block and 1.1 steal per game. His numbers helped the Miami Heat secure the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference.

Adebayo played an integral role in the Heat’s NBA playoff run. He started all the games in the Eastern Conference playoffs, averaging close to 17.8 points, 9 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game.

Miami Heat forward Bam Adebayo shoots the ball against Los Angeles Lakers forward Markieff Morris during the second quarter in game 4 of the 2020 NBA Finals. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Adebayo was crucial to the Heat during their run to the Finals. The iconic block he made to deny Jayson Tatum the game-winner in the Eastern Conference finals is still one of the best plays in playoff history.

Adebayo suffered an unfortunate injury in Game 1 of the NBA Finals that kept him sidelined for much of the series. By the time Adebayo could return, the Lakers had gained an insurmountable advantage in the series.

Bam Adebayo talks new contract

While the Heat lost in the NBA Finals, their playoff run was very promising. Adebayo upped his value this season in the regular and post-season with his performances.

Adebayo was awarded for his excellent season with a five year, $163 million contract extension by the Miami Heat. The move is smart for both sides as it guarantees Adebayo money and locks down a key Heat player for the near future.

Adebayo spoke to the press about his recent contract extension. He was visibly happy after securing his future with the Heat’s organization. But Adebayo maintained that there is work is still left to be done. He said, “Hard work pays off. But it doesn’t stop now. I know I’m generational wealthy, as you can say, but still got business to handle.”

NBA and Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade gave his endorsement to Adebayo and his extension. Tweeting about the signing, Wade said that Adebayo had “Earned” his new contract.

Miami fans will be excited to have Bam Adebayo locked down for the future, as they build on their young core to try to reach the NBA Finals again. Adebayo will look to recreate his season when the NBA restarts on December 22.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports. He has an undergraduate degree in Liberal Arts with a focus on International Relations. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune podcast until he graduated. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now. He staunchly believes that Derrick Rose, his favorite player, would be a Top-3 player today had he not gotten injured.

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