BIRMINGAHM, Ala. (December 22, 2021) – The Miami HEAT announced today that the team has signed forward Zylan Cheatham to a 10-day contract using the COVID-Related Hardship Allowance. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Cheatham is now the third Squadron player to receive a Gatorade Call-Up this season.
Cheatham has started in 13 games with the Birmingham Squadron this season and averaged 14.2 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.15 steals and 30.6 minutes while shooting 48.7 percent from the field, 42.9 percent from three-point range and 80.6 percent from the foul line. His team-high 136 boards are currently the fifth-most in the G League, and he is only one of two players in the G League averaging double-figure rebounds while shooting at least 40 percent from three-point range. Additionally, he has led Birmingham in rebounds nine times, blocks three times, steals on three occasions and points once.
Cheatham previously signed a two-way contract with the New Orleans Pelicans on July 24, 2019, appearing in four games totaling 12 points, nine rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block while shooting 66.7 percent (6-of-9) from the field. The Arizona State product has appeared in 62 career G League games (58 starts) and averaged 14.4 points, 10.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 31.7 minutes while shooting .515 from the field.
The Heat are scheduled to play the Detroit Pistons at home tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. ET. Cheatham will wear number 45 for the Heat.