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.
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