Five Players Cut from Training Camp Roster to Join Miami Heat’s D-League Affiliate

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It looks like five familiar faces will be joining the Miami Heat’s D-League affiliate this month.

Greg Whittington, Keith Benson, Corey Hawkins, Tre Kelley and Briante Weber are all listed on the training camp roster of the Sioux Falls Skyforce. Training camp opened on Monday for the Skyforce and it will conclude on November 11th.

The only player who was cut from the Heat’s training camp roster that will not join the Sioux Falls affiliate is John Lucas III.

Whittington, Benson, Hawkins and Weber were all added as “affiliate” players. Kelley was added as a “returning” player, due to the fact that he played with the Skyforce two seasons ago.

It is worth noting that the Heat do not hold exclusive rights to any of these players—they are eligible to be signed by any NBA team. Though Miami doesn’t hold exclusive rights to the aforementioned five players, they do hold exclusive rights to players that are assigned to the Skyforce from their active roster. An example of this is second-round draft pick Josh Richardson, who has yet to play through the first three games of the season.

Notable players who are also on the Sioux Falls roster are none other than shooting guard DeAndre Liggins and center Byron Mullens. Liggins has played 57 career games in the NBA, and even appeared in one contest for the Heat during the 2013-14 season. Mullens has played five seasons in the NBA, with 66 career starts.

The Skyforce will open their regular season on November 14th. They must trim their roster to a maximum of 10 players by November 12th.
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D.J. Siddiqi grew up in the heart of South Florida in Broward County. Growing up in South Florida during the late 90's and 2000's, D.J. witnessed the Pat Riley years where the Miami Heat faced off with the New York Knicks all the way to the painful late 2000's seasons where the Heat were a one-man team with Dwyane Wade. D.J. has closely followed the Heat over the past decade-and-a-half, and unfortunately witnessed Game 2 of the 2011 NBA Finals in person when the Dallas Mavericks overcame a 15-point deficit to knock off the Heat. D.J. has writing experience as a columnist with sites such as Bleacher Report and Rant Sports, and he is proud to bring his knowledge of the Heat and the NBA to Heat Nation.