Miami Heat

Heat reaches agreement with D-League point guard Briante Weber

Briante Weber plays for the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday, March 16, 2016, in Memphis, Tenn.
Briante Weber plays for the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday, March 16, 2016, in Memphis, Tenn. AP

The Miami Heat is beefing up its roster with added depth for the playoffs.

The team reached a partially guaranteed, three-year agreement Saturday with D-League point guard Briante Weber, who is expected to join the team before Sunday’s regular season home finale against the Orlando Magic.

Weber, 23, will fill one of two open spots on the roster. Veteran swingman Dorell Wright, 30, could be the other.

The team was working toward formalizing a contract by Sunday with Wright, a 2004 first round pick for the Heat who played with the Portland Trail Blazers last season and spent this season playing overseas in China.

Miami (46-33) is waiting until Sunday to announce any signings to stay under the luxury tax threshold.

Weber, whom the Heat signed as a rookie free agent prior to the season and sent down to D-League affiliate Sioux Falls, signed a 10-day contract with the injury-plagued Memphis Grizzlies last month.

He played in six games and started four, averaging 4.8 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.5 steals in nearly 28 minutes per game.

In 28 regular-season games with Sioux Falls Weber averaged 10.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.1 steals. In the team’s first-round playoff sweep of the New York Knicks' affiliate this week, Weber averaged 12.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, one assist and 3.5 steals.

Weber and Wright probably would be among the 13 active players available to the Heat during the playoffs with Chris Bosh and Tyler Johnson out. Johnson, a second-year combo guard, has been trying to come back from February shoulder surgery.

Johnson said Friday in Orlando he was planning on pushing his shoulder hard in practice Saturday to see if he can return before the end of the regular season. Once he has two consecutive days without soreness, Johnson said, he expects to be cleared for a return.

The Heat play at Detroit and Boston on Tuesday and Wednesday. The playoffs begin next Saturday.

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