Pat Riley speaks out on Bam Adebayo officially signing 5-year, max rookie contract'
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The Miami Heat recently signed star big man Bam Adebayo to a five-year contract extension that could be worth up to $195.6 million.

Adebayo, who made his first All-Star team last season, has quickly become a crucial part of Miami’s core.

Heat president Pat Riley explained that the decision to extend Adebayo’s contract was a “no-brainer.”

Adebayo, 23, had a breakout year during the 2019-20 season and helped lead Miami to an NBA Finals appearance.

Last season, the University of Kentucky product averaged 15.9 points, 10.2 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game. All of those numbers were career-highs for Adebayo.

Now, Miami has locked him up for the foreseeable future as it attempts to make another run to the NBA Finals during the 2020-21 season.

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Peter is a graduate of Quinnipiac University where he covered the MAAC and college basketball for three years. He has worked for NBC Sports, the Connecticut Sun and the Meriden Record-Journal covering basketball and other major sports. Follow him on Twitter @peterdewey2.