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Heat sends two rookies to Sioux Falls

Guard Shabazz Napier and center Hassan Whiteside both were assigned to the Heat's D-League affiliate on Saturday following the team's five-game road trip. The Heat defeated the Utah Jazz on Friday to finish the trip 2-3. Miami is 11-12 overall entering Sunday's game against the Chicago Bulls.

Napier had been receiving significant minutes up until this week, but he only played three minutes against the Phoenix Suns. Napier played 13 minutes against the Nuggets on Wednesday and less than 10 minutes on Saturday in Utah. He heads to Sioux Falls averaging 5.7 points in less than 22 minutes per game.

Whiteside has appeared in three games for the Heat since being added to the roster in place of Shannon Brown.

Moving Napier to Sioux Falls might seem like an odd choice for the Heat given the timing, but keep in mind that Skyforce assistant and former Heat guard Chris Quinn is now a vital part of player development in Sioux Falls. Napier will now get the opportunity to work with Quinn one-on-one at least until he returns to the Heat's bench.




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