The Miami Heat are interested in signing former Oklahoma City Thunder guard DeAndre Liggins, according to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
Sources tell Sun Sentinel that Heat strongly considering signing DeAndre Liggins, who has been playing for team's Sioux Falls affiliate.
— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) February 23, 2014
Liggins is a 25-year-old, 6′ 6” shooting guard whose been playing with the team’s D-League affiliate this season. He was cut by the Thunder and has been trying to work his way back into the league following charges of domestic violence. The Kentucky product recently reached a plea deal, according to ESPN.com.
The Heat traded Roger Mason Jr. to the Sacramento Kings to create a roster spot. Miami always seems to be in the market for an extra wing player and Liggins has greater length than Mason Jr and, at this point in his career, more potential.
If the Heat do sign Liggins, it will illustrate precisely why the team struck up a partnership with the Sioux Falls (North Dakota) Skyforce. The two organizations are in their first year of the partnership.
Liggins had a career game on January 13, 2013, when he started in place of an injured Thabo Sefolosha against the Portland Trail Blazers. He had 11 points, including three-of-three three-pointers, and nine rebounds in 40 minutes. The Thunder won 87-83.