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Heat sends cash, 2018 2nd round round pick back to New Orleans for Luke Babbitt

The Miami Heat continued its push to add some three-point shooting touch to its bench Sunday, trading a 2018 second round pick and cash to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for veteran small forward Luke Babbitt.

The pick, acquired in the Jarnell Stokes trade last season, belonged to New Orleans in the first place and was heavily protected. 

Babbitt (6-9, 225) has shot 40.7 percent beyond the three-point line throughout his career with New Orleans and Portland and averaged 7.0 points and 3.1 rebounds in 47 games last season with the Pelicans. In three of his six NBA seasons, Babbitt has hit at least 40 percent of his three-point field goal attempts.

He's set to earn the league minimum of $1,227,286 for a player with six years experience.

Earlier in the day, the Heat signed guard Wayne Ellington, a career 37.6 percent three-point shooter.




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