Former first-round pick Josh Christopher reportedly is joining the Miami Heat’s G League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce.
The No. 24 overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, Christopher played two seasons with the Houston Rockets to start his career. He spent time earlier this season as a two-way player for the Utah Jazz, but he has not appeared in an NBA game yet this season.
Josh Christopher is joining the Miami Heat’s G League affiliate, Sioux Falls Skyforce, league sources told @hoopshype. The 22-year-old guard was drafted 24th overall by the Houston Rockets in the 2021 NBA Draft and was a two-way player for the Utah Jazz this season.
— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) January 14, 2024
Utah waived Christopher earlier this month, but it didn’t take long for the young guard to find a new home.
The Utah Jazz have waived guard Josh Christopher, team says.
— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) January 9, 2024
Christopher has played in 138 games in his NBA career, averaging 6.9 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game while shooting 45.5 percent from the field and 27.7 percent from 3-point range.
Since Christopher will be playing with Miami’s G League team, it doesn’t necessarily mean that he’ll eventually see time with the Heat this season. Still, this could be a solid reclamation project for Miami, as Christopher is just 22 years old.
The Heat took a chance on another former first-round pick this season in R.J. Hampton, and he’s played in eight games for the squad. While Hampton hasn’t carved out a major role, he has given the team some depth at the guard position. He’s on a two-way deal.
Christopher started just four games across two seasons in Houston, as he struggled to crack the rotation at times – even with the Rockets struggling in the Western Conference. The young guard played just 15.4 minutes per game across his two seasons with Houston.
This past offseason, Christopher was sent from the Rockets to the Memphis Grizzlies as part of a five-team trade. Memphis acquired Christopher from the Rockets in a deal that sent wing Dillon Brooks to Houston (via sign-and-trade).
While Christopher will have to earn his stripes in the G League, the Heat have been known to bring in undrafted players – or reclamation projects like Christopher – and help them become solid NBA contributors.
It’s possible that the team sees something in the young guard and wants to see if he can make an impact at the G League level.