Kyle Lowry clears protocol, Heat signs three other players


December 17, 2021; Orlando, Florida, United States; Miami Heat guard Kyle Lowry (7) walks around Orlando Magic forward Chuma Okeke (3) during the first quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike Watters-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Heat point guard Kyle Lowry has cleared COVID-19 and is available to play in Friday night’s road game against the Houston Rockets.

Lowry missed Miami’s last two games and also reportedly missed Wednesday’s game against the San Antonio Spurs before that contest was postponed due to the Heat not having the eight-man minimum.

Lowry, 35, averaged 13.9 points and 8.2 assists in 31 games in his first season with the Heat. The six-time All-Star guard was acquired from the Toronto Raptors during the offseason.

Even with Lowry’s retirement, Miami still has seven players in the protocol: Zylan Cheatham, Marcus Garrett, Udonis Haslem, Duncan Robinson, Max Strus, PJ Tucker and Gabe Vincent.

In addition, four players are absent due to injuries, including Bam Adebayo (thumb). Star Jimmy Butler (ankle) is questionable.

Miami also announced the addition of three players to 10-day contracts via the COVID-19 hardship clause: guards Mario Chalmers and Nik Stauskas and forward Chris Silva.

Chalmers, 35, had been out of the NBA since the 2017-18 season. He previously played on two championship teams in seven-plus seasons with the Heat from 2008 to 2016. He played the fourth most games (525) in franchise history.

Chalmers has career averages of 8.9 points and 3.7 assists in 646 games in nine seasons.

Stauskas, 28, is averaging 6.8 in 335 games in five NBA seasons (2014-19), while Silva has played 60 games in three seasons, including 55 for the Heat. He’s averaging 2.8 points and 2.6 rebounds.

Miami had previously signed three buddies – guard Kyle Guy, big man Aric Holman and forward Haywood Highsmith – on 10-day contracts earlier this week.

– Media at field level

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