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Miami Heat Assign Shabazz Napier To D-League

Shabazz Napier #13 of the Miami Heat drives on Chris Paul #3 of the Los Angeles Clippers during a game at American Airlines Arena on November 20, 2014 in Miami, Florida.

Shabazz Napier #13 of the Miami Heat drives on Chris Paul #3 of the Los Angeles Clippers during a game at American Airlines Arena on November 20, 2014 in Miami, Florida.

With his minutes dwindling as of late, the Miami Heat have decided to send former UConn Huskies All-American Shabazz Napier to their NBA D League affiailate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce.

Full release from the Miami Heat:

MIAMI, December 13 – The Miami HEAT announced today that they have assigned both guard Shabazz Napier and center Hassan Whiteside to their NBA Development League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce.

Napier has appeared in 23 games with the HEAT this season averaging 5.7 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 21.4 minutes while shooting 42.9 percent from the field. He previously scored in double-figures in six-straight games from November 16 through November 25, the longest such streak by a HEAT rookie since Michael Beasley did so in eight consecutive games from April 1, 2009 through April 15, 2009.

Whiteside, who was signed by Miami on November 24, has appeared in three games with the HEAT this season totaling six points, four rebounds and a block in nine minutes of action while shooting a perfect 3-of-3 from the field. Earlier this season, he appeared in three games in the NBA Development League with the Iowa Energy and averaged 22.0 points, 15.7 rebounds, 5.33 blocks and 28.7 minutes while shooting 85.7 percent from the field, helping them to a perfect 3-0 record.

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