As the Miami Heat progressively march up the Eastern Conference standings, the team is set to get another significant boost.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, star big man Bam Adebayo is eyeing his return next Monday against the Toronto Raptors.
After an absence of six weeks in the wake of right thumb surgery, Miami Heat All-Star center Bam Adebayo is targeting a return against the Toronto Raptors on Monday, sources told ESPN on Friday.
Adebayo has been out of the lineup since early December due to thumb surgery, and his return will mark six weeks suffering the injury. He’s missed the last 20 games, where the Heat have managed to play strong collectively pushing their way toward near the top of the standings in the Eastern Conference.
The Heat largely accomplished that without the services of All-Star Jimmy Butler, who is dealing with a leg injury. Adebayo was putting together another strong campaign, averaging a double-double with 18.7 points and 10.2 rebounds.
His return will bring another element to the offense while anchoring their defense as the rim protector. Adebayo is one of the league’s best young players as he’s developed into an effective scorer and elite defensive factor.
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In his absence, Omer Yurtseven has picked up the slack after averaging 11.0 and 14.0 rebounds in 10 games. Yurtseven will continue to play a prominent role as Adebayo’s primary backup.
Adebayo is currently in the first year of his five-year, $163 million extension that runs through the 2025-25 campaign.