Sources: Arroyo gets contract

1/7/2010 - NBA Carlos Arroyo Miami Heat + more

Point guard Carlos Arroyo will continue under contract through the end of the season, according to front office sources of the Miami Heat.

The sources confirmed that Arroyo's contract became a guaranteed deal after Wednesday's deadline, ending days of speculation regarding the player's future on the team.

"He's staying," said the source with primary knowledge of the situation before Monday's game against the Boston Celtics in Miami.

Arroyo had started the last nine games for the Heat, taking over the duties from Mario Chalmers. Earlier Wednesday, Miami traded point guard Chris Quinn to the New Jersey Nets in exchange for draft considerations, but the Nets waived Rafer Alston, who is expected to sign with the Heat during the next 48 hours.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra had told the Sun-Sentinel.com on Wednesday the decision to keep Arroyo was in team president Pat Riley's hands, as it was more a business decision due to the possibility the Heat would go over the league's luxury tax by keeping Arroyo and signing Alston.

"Carlos has been terrific and his spirit has been unwavering through all of it," Spoelstra said. "Just in his short time with us, he's had all three positions, the third point guard position, the backup and now the starter, and he's handled all of them very professionally, along with a great enthusiasm."

Arroyo averages 4.9 points and 2.5 assists a game.