Miami Heat Sign Swingman DeAndre Liggins to 10-Day Contract

John Dorn@JSDorn6Correspondent IIIFebruary 23, 2014

Oklahoma City Thunder guard DeAndre Liggins shoots a free throw against the Dallas Mavericks during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Monday, Feb. 4, 2013.  Oklahoma City won 112-91.  (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)
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The trading deadline has come and gone, but the Miami Heat still have their eyes on rounding out the roster before the season is through. 

According to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel, the reigning champs are giving serious thought to signing 25-year-old D-Leaguer DeAndre Liggins

UPDATE: Tuesday, February 25 at 10:35 a.m. ET by Ethan Norof

Miami has officially announced the signing of Liggins to a 10-day contract.

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Liggins was a little-used member of the Oklahoma City Thunder last season and spent the 2011-12 campaign with the Orlando Magic. He's played this year with Miami's D-League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce.

With OKC last season, the Kentucky product shot 45 percent from the field and 37 percent from three-point range in seven minutes per game. He logged more than 20 minutes in a game once for the Thunder—a 39-minute performance against the Portland Trail Blazers in which he went for 11 points and nine rebounds. 

The slim, 6'6" swingman has averaged 40 minutes per game this season with the Skyforce, putting up 14.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4.8 assists while shooting just under 40 percent. Liggins earned a D-League All-Star Game appearance earlier this month. 

He recently logged 17 points and 17 boards in a game for Sioux Falls, which garnered a reaction from KentuckySports.co:

Liggins is still trying to work his way back to the NBA after being waved by the Oklahoma City Thunder last September. He did have some off the court issues, but still seems to want to make it back to the league. A lot of the things John Calipari loved about him, like his ability to use his length to guard at any position, is what can make him a really good player in the NBA.

Miami can use some added depth on the wings in case of injury to Dwyane Wade or other aging 2s and 3s, so considering Liggins seems to make sense.

With the trade deadline in the rearview, the Heat will need to be creative in order to fill out the roster for what should be the team's most challenging postseason since 2011.

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