Roster moves: Miami Heat cut Liggins, McCree, Mitchell; keep Walton, Williams, Hammons

Miami Heat’s Matt Williams, left, talks with Bam Adebayo (13) during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, in Miami. The Heat won 117-115. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

MIAMI – A no-cut Heat training camp. That’s how Erik Spoelstra looked at it.

“That’s what I like about this training camp,” Spoelstra said in September. “This is the first time that no one will officially get cut. These guys are all part of our system and we wanted to develop them.”

The Heat began Saturday with the NBA preseason-maximum of 20 players on their roster. The deadline for NBA rosters to be cut down to the regular-season limit of 15 is Monday at 5 p.m, with most of the moves having to be made by Saturday because of the league’s 48-hour waiver period. Continue reading “Roster moves: Miami Heat cut Liggins, McCree, Mitchell; keep Walton, Williams, Hammons”

Video: How is Kelly Olynyk fitting in with the Miami Heat?

MIAMI — The start of the regular season is just one week away, as the Heat will open things up against the Magic in Orlando on Oct. 18.

But there are still two preseason games left to play before then. Tom D’Angelo and I discussed where things stand for the Heat right now, like how about that Hassan Whiteside-Kelly Olynyk lineup?

Watch our video, which was originally posted as a Facebook Live video on the Post on Miami Heat page on Tuesday afternoon. You should probably follow that page if you don’t already …

Kelly Olynyk #9 of the Miami Heat drives to the basket against Quincy Acy #13 of the Brooklyn Nets in the first half during their Pre Season game at Barclays Center on October 5, 2017 in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

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Miami Heat bring back DeAndre Liggins on deal that will likely send him to Sioux Falls Skyforce

MIAMI — The Heat’s roster is now full.

Miami reached the 20-player preseason roster limit Tuesday after signing DeAndre Liggins. The 29-year-old out of Kentucky is a familiar face, as he signed two 10-day contracts with the Heat in 2014 and spent two seasons with the organization’s G League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce. Continue reading “Miami Heat bring back DeAndre Liggins on deal that will likely send him to Sioux Falls Skyforce”

Sioux Falls well represented on Miami Heat, in NBA

Rodney McGruder, shown stealing the ball from Orlando Magic's Elfrid Payton during Heat's win Wednesday, is one of 10 former Skyforce players in the NBA. (AP Photo)
Rodney McGruder, shown stealing the ball from Orlando Magic’s Elfrid Payton during Heat’s win Wednesday, is one of 10 former Skyforce players in the NBA. (AP Photo)

The Sioux Falls Skyforce, Miami’s D-League affiliate, has 10 former players on NBA opening day rosters including four on the Heat.

Heat guards Rodney McGruder, Tyler Johnson and Josh Richardson and center Hassan Whiteside are Skyforce alums. McGruder beat out Beno Udrih and Briante Weber for the final roster spot and then played 24 minutes and scored six points in his NBA debut Wednesday during Miami’s season opening win in Orlando. McGruder played the entire 2015-16 season in Sioux Falls, averaging 15.8 points and 5.3 rebounds. Johnson played part of the 2014-15 season with Sioux Falls. Whiteside played in the D-League for parts of four years, including eight games with Sioux Falls. Richardson played four games with the Skyforce last year.

McGruder, DeAndre Liggins and Jarnell Stokes ended the 2015-16 season with the D-League champions and were among the Skyforce’s top players. Stokes, who made the Denver Nuggets, led Sioux Falls with 20.6 points and 9.3 rebounds in 28 regular season games. Liggins, who stuck with the NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers, averaged a team-high 7.0 assists and 13.0 points in 34 games.

Other former Skyforce players on NBA rosters: Alexis Ajinca, New Orleans; Justin Hamilton, Brooklyn; Amir Johnson, Boston and Shabazz Napier, Portland.

Sioux Falls opens its season Nov. 12 at home against Salt Lake City.

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