Miami Heat News: Josh Richardson Sent to Heat’s D-League Affiliate

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The Miami Heat have assigned Josh Richardson to their D-League affiliate, according to Ira Winderman of The Sun Sentinel.

Winderman notes that Richardson did not return with the Heat following their loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday night. Instead, the 2015 second-round draft pick traveled commercially to Ontario to join the Sioux Falls Skyforce for Thursday night’s game versus the Toronto Raptors’ D-League affiliate.

Richardson has seen minimal playing time so far this season, appearing in just 13 games with one start. He has struggled during his rookie season, averaging just 1.7 points, 1.1 assists and 0.5 rebounds in 9.2 minutes per game. The University of Tennessee product is converting on just 31.6 percent of his shots.

With the Heat healthy at the point guard position, it left very little playing time for the 22-year-old rookie. At Sioux Falls, Richardson will see a lot more playing time as he continues to develop as a prospect within the organization.
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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.