Although Glen Rice Jr., who took home the MVP award, and Otto Porter were both very impressive during the Washington Wizards’ Las Vegas Summer League run, undrafted rookie Khem Birch also had some impressive moments.
Khem Birch averaged 11.5 points, 10.2 rebounds and 3.8 blocks per game last season at UNLV, but still wasn’t able to garner enough interest to get selected in the draft. The Washington Wizards, who lacked front court depth at the time, quickly signed Khem Birch to a summer league deal where he performed very well, ultimately getting interest from more teams other than just the Wizards.
The Wizards were reportedly interested in signing Khem Birch, likely to a training camp deal, but it looks like he’ll be joining Washington’s Southeast Division rival, the Miami Heat, for training camp–according to Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun.
There has been speculation out there that Montreal’s Khem Birch is heading to Miami on camp deal. It’s true. Will happen today.
After acquiring both Kris Humphries and DeJuan Blair this summer, the Washington Wizards addressed their front court needs, which probably caused Khem Birch to sign with the Heat, where he’ll likely get more of an opportunity to play.
The Miami Heat signed free agent Josh McRoberts and re-signed Chris Anderson this off-season, but they still don’t have much depth at either front court position. Khem Birch could provide rebounding and rim protection, something the Heat desperately needed, but he’s also shown an ability to score inside. Prior to joining the Wizards in summer league, most people thought that Khem Birch was just a hustle player, but he actually scored the ball in the post regularly this summer.
It’s not surprising that Khem Birch isn’t signing with the Washington Wizards, but I think he has the potential to contribute to the Heat this upcoming season if he makes the final roster.