Miami Heat guard Rodney McGruder will likely undergo surgery to repair a stress fracture in his leg and will miss at least the next three-to-six months as a result, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports’ The Vertical.
McGruder, who played his collegiate basketball at Kansas State, went undrafted in 2013 but joined the Orlando Magic’s Summer League team. After his brief stint with the Magic, McGruder signed with the Oklahoma City Thunder in September 2013, but was waived shortly before the 2013-14 campaign began.
The 26-year-old then spent the year playing in Hungary.
The following year, McGruder played with the Golden State Warriors’ Summer League squad and then signed with the Boston Celtics, where he was waived and then signed by their D-League team, the Maine Red Claws. The Red Claws waived McGruder after 26 games, and his next stop was with the Heat’s D-League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce. McGruder’s journey continued during the summer of 2015, as he hooked up with the Heat’s Summer League team. He was then reacquired by the Skyforce in November and helped lead them to a league championship.
Finally, last summer, McGruder signed a three-year, partially guaranteed contract with Miami.
He played in 78 games during the 2016-17 campaign, making 65 starts. The Landover, Maryland native averaged 6.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 25.2 minutes per game, shooting 41.3 percent from the floor, 33.2 percent from three-point range and 62 percent from the free-throw line.
In addition to the news regarding McGruder, the Heat have signed forward Tony Mitchell while waiving guard Larry Drew II, the franchise has formally announced.