Breaking: Miami Heat Confirm Departure Of Two Key Players After Rejecting New Contract

Two key Miami Heat players, Caleb Martin and Thomas Bryant, have declined their player options for the 2024-25 season, making them unrestricted free agents, according to Anthony Chiang of The Miami Herald.

On Saturday evening, with a 5 p.m. (EST) deadline for players with contract options, it was reported that while Josh Richardson opted in and Kevin Love opted out (but expects a new deal with the Heat), Martin and Bryant bypassed the deadline, opting for free agency.

Martin’s decision was anticipated. He has been crucial to the team’s rotation and was expected to decline his $7.1 million option for a bigger payday in free agency, as reported by Michael Scotto of HoopsHype. Despite expressing his desire to stay with the Heat during his exit interview, the team’s financial constraints and potential plans to trade for a star player make his return uncertain.

Thomas Bryant, on the other hand, declined his $2.8 million option, likely seeking more playing time or a better financial offer elsewhere. Despite limited opportunities, Bryant expressed his admiration for the Heat organization and culture during his exit interview, describing his time with the team as a valuable learning experience.

With several players declining their options and free agency starting at 6 p.m. Sunday, more moves are expected from the Heat as they aim to improve after finishing eighth in the last two seasons.

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