Heat sign forward Stokes to deal

Jarnell Stokes has signed a contract with the Miami Heat.

The Miami Heat have agreed to a contract with forward Jarnell Stokes, according to a report by Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype.

Though terms were not disclosed, it’s very likely a training-camp deal for Stokes. Miami’s roster now stands at 18. The Heat will play their first preseason game Sept. 30 and open their 2018-19 regular season Oct. 17.

The 6-foot-9, 263-pound forward was the 35th overall pick of the 2014 draft out of the University of Tennessee by the Utah Jazz, who traded him that night to the Memphis Grizzlies.

Stokes has not played in an NBA game since the 2016-17 season, when he made two appearances for the Denver Nuggets.

In the previous season (2015-16), he played in five games with the Miami Heat and played 21 games as a rookie with the Grizzlies in 2014-15.

The 24-year-old carries career averages of 2.4 points and 1.4 rebounds in 5.4 minutes in 28 NBA games (2 starts), shooting 58.1 percent from the field and 53.1 percent from the free-throw line.

Stokes played last season in China, before being waived in February.

He played for the Chicago Bulls in the Las Vegas Summer League last month, averaging 5.0 points and 2.8 boards in 10.2 minutes in five games.

Stokes was named G League Most Valuable Player in 2016 after averaging 20.6 points and 9.3 rebounds for the Sioux Falls SkyForce.

In three seasons at Tennessee, Stokes averaged 13.0 points, 9.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 87 games, shooting 53.0 percent from the field and 62.8 percent from the free-throw line.