Okpala won't play in Friday's preseason game against the Rockets due to illness, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
This doesn't appear to be a serious issue for Okpala, and he figures to have a good chance of returning to health in time for Wednesday's season opener against Memphis.
Okpala (coach's decision) is out for the remainder of summer league, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
While it remains unclear why Okpala won't participate, we know that he'll be out for the remainder of summer league. The Heat have made it into the summer league postseason.
Okpala (coach's decision) will remain out for Wednesday summer league game against the Timberwolves, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Okpala won't see action in Wednesday's summer league matchup with Minnesota despite signing a multi-year deal with the Heat on Tuesday. The second-round pick isn't dealing with an injury but is being held out in order to give him time to catch up with the team's core schemes. It's unclear if he'll see the floor prior to the end of Vegas summer league on July 15th.
Okpala (coach's decision) signed a multi-year contract with the Heat on Sunday.
The terms of Okpala's deal aren't known, but Miami's decision to sign the second-round pick out of Stanford suggests he'll likely begin his career in the NBA rather than in the G League or overseas. The signing comes despite Okpala having yet to make his summer-league debut, as he'll remain unavailable for Tuesday's game against the Magic in Las Vegas, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. The forward isn't dealing with an injury, but the Heat are instead eager to have him spend more time getting familiar with the club's core schemes in an observational role before thrusting him into game action. It's unclear if he'll get the chance to make his summer debut before the Vegas league officially ends July 15.
Okpala won't play in Sunday's summer league game against the Jazz, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Okpala was selected in the second round of the 2019 NBA Draft by the Heat, but he'll be held out of another summer league contest while he gets up to speed. His next chance to take the court will come Tuesday against the Magic.
Okpala was selected with the 32nd overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.
Okpala is coming off a stellar sophomore season at Stanford where he averaged 16.8 points and 5.7 rebounds per game while shooting a much-improved 36.8 percent from behind the arc. The lengthy swingman is a slasher and made a habit of getting to the free throw line last season. In Miami, Okpala joins the likes of Josh Richardson, Justise Winslow and Derrick Jones Jr. on the wing and will likely be hard-pressed to find playing time over the first part of his rookie season.
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