The Miami Heat organization just announced the signing of DeAndre Liggins to a ten-day contract, and this move should come as no surprise for anyone. Since the beginning of the season, Miami has mentioned how they would like to add depth to the wing position, especially with both Dwyane Wade and Ray Allen constantly battling injuries. This is where Liggins comes in.
Don’t know much about Liggins? Most regular NBA fans don’t. The 6-foot-6 small forward has been playing in the D-League for the Sioux Sky Falls (the Miami’s Heat D-League Affiliate) and has averaged 14.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.5 steals. These are stellar numbers, which is why he was named an All-Star this season for the D-League. These numbers obviously wouldn’t translate at the pro level, but the fact that Liggins can rebound at a high volume and produce with or without the ball in his hands is a huge plus for Miami, which is a major reason why he was signed.
Liggins has played at the NBA level but only in very limited appearances with the Oklahoma City Thunder where he only averaged 1.4 points and 1.5 rebounds in just seven minutes per game. These numbers aren’t stellar, but the Thunder never really gave Liggins the chance to shine and he was released shortly after being signed because of off-the-court issues.
Liggins could provide a huge boost to Miami’s wing depth. He has the wingspan and athleticism to become an avid defender (something the Heat desperately need from their wing players). Although this is only a ten-day contract, unless Miami finds a better option from the buyout bin of veteran players, expect Liggins in a Miami uniform for the rest of the season.