Miami Heat News: Shabazz Napier and Hassan Whiteside Assigned to D-League Affiliate

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Shabazz Napier and Hassan Whiteside will be receiving more playing time. It just won’t be with the Miami Heat in the near future.

The Heat announced early Saturday that Napier and Whiteside have been assigned to the Sioux Falls Skyforce, a D-League affiliate of the organization.

With Chris Andersen set to return in the next few days, the Heat are already loaded on the front line as is, with Chris Bosh, Shawne Williams, Udonis Haslem, Justin Hamilton, Danny Granger and Josh McRoberts. Whiteside had filled in and played a few minutes in three appearances due to the absences of Andersen and McRoberts. The center totaled six points, four rebounds and one block in nine minutes of action since being signed to the active roster on November 24.

Napier has been a key part of Miami’s rotation, averaging 5.7 points, 2.2 rebounds and two assists in 21.4 minutes of action per contest. The rookie point guard had served as the primary backup to starter Norris Cole at the one position.

Although both players will be sent to the D-League, they will still count toward the team’s 15-player maximum limit. These moves are designed to give both players more playing time and experience than they would otherwise.

The Heat are set to take on the Chicago Bulls  in their next game at the American Airlines Arena at 6:00 PM EST on Sunday night on Sun Sports.
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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.