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Heat add to training-camp competition by signing Corey Hawkins

UC Davis v Washington State

PULLMAN, WA - DECEMBER 28: Corey Hawkins #3 of the UC Davis Aggies bounce passes the ball past Ike Iroegbu #0 of the Washington State Cougars in the second half at Beasley Coliseum on December 28, 2014 in Pullman, Washington. Washington State defeated UC Davis 90-83. (Photo by William Mancebo/Getty Images)

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The Heat have 12 players with guaranteed salaries and Hassan Whiteside, a lock to make the regular-season roster.

The final two spots?

There’s plenty of competition.

Miami has Tyler Johnson ($422,530 guaranteed), James Ennis (unguaranteed), Keith Benson (unguaranteed) and now a fourth player in the mix.

Heat release:

The Miami HEAT announced today that they have signed guard Corey Hawkins

Albert Nahmad of Heat Hoops

Hawkins went undrafted despite starring at UC Davis and winning Big West Player of the Year last season. He averaged 20.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game and made 48.8% of his 3-pointers.

But he’s 24 and obviously faces a huge step up in competition. He’s also just 6-foot-2 and better suited to play shooting guard, though he can handle point. Plus, as if the rest weren’t enough, he has lackluster athleticism.

As much as I like Hawkins’ game, that’s a lot to overcome.

Hawkins, son of Hersey Hawkins, looks like the typical college star whose skills don’t translate to the NBA. But, if he’s one of the exceptions, someone whose basketball intelligence outweighs his deficiencies, there’s at least an opening in Miami for him.