Okaro White is going to be reassigned to the D-League sometime before Saturday.
No, the Miami Heat forward is not being sent down to the Sioux Falls Skyforce. The move is a formality to allow White to play in Saturday’s D-League All-Star Game in New Orleans.
“It will be good,” White said, “let me know where I came from and the work I put in.”
White can say that after his two 10-day contracts led to a two-year deal with the Heat. And he knows by next week he will be back on the Heat as they start the post All-Star Game stretch. He has averaged 4.2 points and 2.5 rebounds in 14 games with the Heat.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” he said about the All-Star Game. “It was a part of my career and this will be a highlight of my career. Any league I play in I want to be an All-Star or one of the best players in that league. It’s going to be fun.”
White will be joined by former Skyforce teammates Briante Webber, who is on his second 10-day with the Warriors and Keith Benson, who remains in Sioux Falls.
“I think it’s great,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “We love our relationship we have with Sioux Falls. We develop players. We’ve proven guys can play 30, 40 games in Sioux Falls and the next week they could be playing in the rotation for the Miami Heat and we have full confidence in the program.”
White is one of several D-League players in the NBA who will be in the same spot, one being his teammate, Marcus Georges-Hunt, who signed a 10-day contract with the Heat on Feb. 8. Georges-Hunt’s first 10-day is up Friday and with Josh Richardson expected to return from his foot injury next week, the combo guard likely will be released and return to the Main Red Claws, where he was before being called up.
Marcus-Hunt has not played since joining the Heat four games ago.
“A lot of teams usually start giving call ups after the All-Star break, after the trade deadline,” Marcus-Hunt said. “I’m just fortunate they gave me the opportunity before the All-Star to get to know me a little bit more up close rather than just watch me on film. I’m learning a lot since I’ve been here.”
And although White, who is from Florida State, and Georges-Hunt, from Georgia Tech, have been teammates for the last 10 days, they will be on opposite sides in the D-League All-Star Game.
“The West got the best teams in the D-League, hands down,” White said. “All the top teams in the D-League are in the West.
“I played against him two years in the ACC and he knows what happened there. More of the same.”