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Miami Heat plan signing of D-League All-Star Liggins

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Miami Heat to sign Liggins?
Miami Heat to sign Liggins?.

The Miami Heat could be about to boost their roster with the signing of DeAndre Liggins, according to sources cited by the Florida Sun Sentinel.

25-year-old Liggins, a swingman out of the University of Kentucky, currently plays for the  Sioux Falls Skyforce - the Heat's D-League affiliate - and those aforementioned reports suggest that Miami plan to bring him in later this week.

Having been selected by the Orlando Magic in the second round of the 2011 draft, Liggins made 17 appearances before signing with the Oklahoma City Thunder prior to the 2012-13 season. He was waived a year later after 39 games (including eight in the playoffs).

The Heat, who recorded an emphatic 93-79 win over the Chicago Bulls minus the injured LeBron James at AmericanAirlines Arena on Sunday night, do have an open roster spot available for such a transaction having traded veteran two-guard Roger Mason Jr. to the Sacramento Kings prior to last week's tradeline.

Although there do not appear to be any glaring weaknesses in Erik Spoelstra's team, the Heat will need all the strength in depth they can get as they bid to embark on another deep playoff run and claim a third-straight championship. 

Liggins, who was called up to the D-League All-Star team this year, could provide useful versatility off the bench.

The Heat remain second in the Eastern Conference with a record of 40-14 following that blowout of the Bulls.

With no game on the horizon now until Thursday's clash against the struggling New York Knicks, they have a chance to rest up and ensure that four-time MVP James - who suffered a broken nose after a collision with Oklahoma City Thunder power forward Serge Ibaka last week - is able to go once again.

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