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Heat extends deal with Liggins

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Guard DeAndre Liggins will be with the Miami Heat a little bit longer.

The team announced Saturday that it had signed the former Kentucky standout to a second 10-day contract. As is usual with the club, terms were not disclosed.

Liggins signed his first 10-day contract with the Heat on Feb. 24 and has appeared in one game since then, hitting his only field goal attempt for two points in playing a minute and 24 seconds in a 124-107 win over Charlotte on March 3.

Liggins played in 35 games this season for the Heat’s NBA Development League affiliate Sioux Falls Skyforce, averaging 14.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.54 steals a game. He shot only 39.8 percent from the field but was a D-League all-star.

He is in his third season in the NBA.

The Orlando Magic chose Liggins in the second round of the 2011 NBA draft, making him the 53rd player chosen. He played in 17 games, scoring 33 points, his rookie season with the Magic.

In 2012-13, he plyaed in 39 games for the Oklahoma City Thunder, scoring 58 points and grabbing 53 rebounds.

His stint for the Heat against the Bobcats has been his only appearance in the 2013-14 campaign.

The Heat will wind up a three-game road swing Sunday afternoon when they take on the Bulls in Chicago (1 p.m. ET, ABC). They are back home for four games after that, starting with a contest against the Washington Wizards Monday night.

Games against Brooklyn, Denver, and Houston complete the homestand.

The Heat have lost their last two games (Houston and San Antonio) but going into Sunday’s action remain tied in the “lost” column with the Indiana Pacers for the Eastern Conference lead.

The first-place Pacers, who play at Dallas Sunday night, are 46-16. The Heat are 43-16.

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