Mickey signed a one-year contract with BC Khimki of Russia on Friday.
Mickey's first three years in the NBA were underwhelming to the point where the Heat decided not to exercise his option for the 2018-19 season. The one-year nature of his contract with Khimki will allow for a return stateside in short order, although there's no guarantee he'll be given another shot to play in the NBA again.
Mickey had his $1.6 million team option declined for the 2018-19 season, Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports reports.
After spending his first two seasons with the Celtics, Mickey joined the Heat for his third campaign, but went on to see action in just 23 games in a minor reserve role. He turned those appearances into averages of 4.0 points and 3.5 rebounds across 12.3 minutes, though he was clearly outside the rotation most nights and was well off the fantasy radar. With his option declined, Mickey will be an unrestricted free agent this summer and will have the ability to sign with any team he chooses. He should have a few willing suitors to bring him in for training camp, but there's no guarantee that Mickey ultimately makes a regular-season roster again.
Mickey will start at center for Tuesday's game against the Cavaliers.
The Heat are going to be without both Hassan Whiteside (hip) and Bam Adebayo (ankle) on Tuesday, which allows Mickey to pick up the spot start at center. Look for Mickey to see a significant uptick in minutes after being a DNP-CD the last two games, which could put him into consideration as a punt-play option for Tuesday's DFS slate. Fellow big man Kelly Olynyk is expected to help carry the load down low as well, so Mickey will have to split the extra playing time with him.
Mickey compiled just four points (2-4 FG, 0-2 3Pt), but added two steals, one rebound, and one block in eight minutes during Saturday's 129-102 victory over the Wizards.
The Heat blew this game out of the water early and were able to get plenty of rest for their rotation guys. Mickey, who hasn't played much at all this season, was able to see the floor for eight minutes. He chipped in with three defensive stats in that time but did little else. He is not an option in any league and should be left well alone.
Mickey was a healthy scratch during Monday's 95-88 win over the Mavericks.
Mickey has seen the court only once in January, this after appearing in 11 tilts during December and averaging 17.1 minutes per night. However, prior to that Mickey had only played in four of the 21 matchups through October and November. With Hassan Whiteside, Kelly Olynyk, and Bam Adebayo all ahead of Mickey on the center depth chart, he can be ignored in most leagues.
Mickey managed nine points (4-7 FG, 1-1 3Pt), 10 rebounds, one assist, and one block in 24 minutes during Monday's 110-104 loss to the Hawks.
Mickey supplied a career high in rebounding while matching his career high in scoring, and he filled in well with fellow frontcourt players Hassan Whiteside (knee), Justice Winslow (knee), and James Johnson (ankle) sidelined. Whiteside and Johnson have already been ruled out of Wednesday's matchup versus the Celtics, and if Winslow remains out then Mickey might be called upon to play a decent load of minutes against his former team.
Mickey will start on the bench for Wednesday's game against the Spurs, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Mickey started the Heat's previous two games in place of the injured Hassan Whiteside (knee), but after a pair of relatively ineffective performances, the team will give Bam Adebayo -- the 14th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft -- a chance to start. The two, along with Kelly Olynyk, will likely split Whiteside's minutes.
Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra said he anticipated that Mickey would draw a second consecutive start at center Monday against the Hawks, Tom D'Angelo of The Palm Beach Post reports.
With regular starter Hassan Whiteside (knee) day-to-day and set to miss another contest, Spoelstra appears inclined to stick with Mickey on the top unit after the third-year player turned in a productive 14 minutes in Saturday's win over the Pacers, supplying eight points and six rebounds. Despite the solid showing, it's unlikely Mickey will see his playing time expand much further, as the 6-foot-8, 235-pounder is quite undersized for a center and probably isn't a viable option for extended stretches of action. Instead, Kelly Olynyk is expected to handle the bulk of the minutes at the position Monday and should make for a more appealing fantasy option than Mickey for the duration of Whiteside's absence. Once Whiteside is healthy again, Olynyk is expected to slide over to a starting role at power forward, with James Johnson returning to the bench.
Mickey will get the start at center Saturday against the Pacers, Anthony Chiang of the Palm Beach Post reports.
With Hassan Whiteside out of action, the Heat will go with Mickey at the five, opting to shift Kelly Olynyk into a bench role. The LSU product was a DNP-CD in Wednesday's season-opening loss to Orlando, a game in which Whiteside played 36 minutes, while Olynyk started at power forward and played 21 minutes.
Mickey had 12 points (5-6 FG, 2-3 3Pt), six rebounds, two steals, and one block in 19 minutes during Wednesday's 117-115 win over the Wizards.
Mickey might be the favorite to earn the minutes leftover at center behind Hassan Whiteside and Kelly Olynyk, as rookie Bam Adebayo may not be ready while Udonis Haslem is mostly a locker room leader at this point in his career. Nevertheless, that's not exactly a promising role when it comes to projecting fantasy value.
Mickey is finalizing a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the Heat, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.
Mickey was waived by the Celtics in mid-July due in large part to their offseason frontcourt acquisitions, as the 2015 second round pick never made had the opportunity to make his mark in Boston. He averaged just 1.5 points over 5.6 minutes per game last season, but will now have a second chance in Miami, where he'll likely continue to serve as a depth option.
Mickey was waived by the Celtics on Thursday, Brian Robb of 985 The Sports Hub reports.
Entering the summer, Mickey was considered a long shot to make the final Celtics roster considering the team's offseason acquisitions up front. Mickey (6-8, 235) saw minimal playing time in his second professional season in 2016-17, averaging 1.5 points over 5.6 minutes, and his release will clear some cap space for the Celtics. He'll look to latch on with a team looking to add frontcourt depth, but he may be starting the year on a D-League team.
Mickey was recalled from the D-League on Thursday.
Mickey was sent down to the D-League's Maine Red Claws on Sunday to compete in the D-League playoffs. Now with the Celtics, he'll provide bench depth, though he isn't likely to see much time unless an injury forces him into a larger role.
Mickey was assigned Sunday to the D-League's Maine Red Claws.
The Red Claws are opening the D-League's Eastern Conference Finals against Raptors 905 on Sunday, so Mickey will head back down and operate as one of the team's top play-makers. He'll likely be recalled shortly after the game, but with the Celtics expected to shrink their rotation now that they're in the playoffs themselves, Mickey isn't expected to field any minutes unless an injury occurs higher up on the depth chart.
Mickey was recalled from the D-League on Thursday.
Mickey was sent down to the Maine Red Claws earlier in the week to participate in the D-League playoffs, but he'll return to the Celtics to add depth as the postseason begins this weekend. Don't expect the LSU product to be a factor for Boston, barring multiple frontcourt injuries.
Mickey was assigned to the D-League's Maine Red Claws on Sunday.
The Red Claws are still participating in the D-League playoffs, so Mickey will have an opportunity to see some extended run in a competitive setting, which he hasn't been getting with the Celtics. Mickey has been active for the Celtics' last three games, but has played a combined total of only six minutes.
Mickey was recalled Wednesday from the D-League's Maine Red Claws.
Mickey was with Maine for their game on Saturday, where he posted an impressive 26 points (10-24 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 5-6 FG), eight rebounds, one assist, one steal and three blocks across 34 minutes. However, with the promotion to the big club, Mickey will be nothing more than a deep reserve in the frontcourt, so he likely won't see any minutes if the game remains competitive.
Mickey was assigned Thursday to the D-League's Maine Red Claws.
Mickey has seen action in only 23 games with the big club this season, averaging 1.6 points and 1.4 rebounds over 5.9 minutes per contest. The second-year power forward will head to the D-League to get extended minutes, which should prove beneficial to his development.
Mickey logged three minutes in Monday's 116-102 loss to the Clippers, accruing no statistics.
Mickey has seen some light run with Al Horford (elbow) missing both of the last two games, but his window for added playing time could soon come to a close with Horford targeting a return to the lineup Wednesday against the Warriors. The second-year big man may be headed back to the D-League's Maine Red Claws in the near future in order to receive more minutes.
Mickey was recalled Sunday from the D-League's Maine Red Claws.
Mickey had a big showing for the Red Claws on Saturday, going an incredible 11-for-12 from the the field and 2-for-2 from the three-point line for 27 points, while also adding 13 rebounds and an assist over 30 minutes. He's earned a promotion back to the big club, but despite the strong D-League numbers, Mickey has seen minimal action in just five of 16 games for the Celtics during January, so he can continue to be avoided in the majority of fantasy formats.