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Heat sign Hamilton, release Liggins

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DeAndre Liggins’ stay with the Miami Heat didn’t last quite as long as expected.

After signing him to a second 10-day contract last Saturday (March 8), the Heat announced today that they had released the 6-6 guard from the University of Kentucky and signed center Justin Hamilton for the balance of the season.

A 7-foot center out of LSU, Hamilton appeared in 37 games for the Heat’s NBA Development League affiliate the Sioux Falls Skyforce this season, averaging 19.3 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2.03 blocks and 1.5 assists per game.

More recently, he appeared in one game for Charlotte after signing a 10-day contract with the Bobcats on March 4. He played just over three minutes and had one steal in the Bobcats' loss at Memphis.

Picked by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2012 draft, Hamilton was acquired by the Heat on draft night and played in five preseason games, averaging 2.6 points and 1.0 rebounds a game. He also played for the Heat in the 2012 Summer League.

He split the 2012-13 season with both VEF Riga (Latvia) of the VTB United League and Cibona (Croatia) of the Adriatic League before joining the Skyforce.

Liggins played in one game for the Heat, scoring two points and gathering in one rebounds in a minute and 24 seconds in a win over Charlotte.

The Heat, who have lost four of their last five games, play host to the Denver Nuggets tonight (Friday) and then wind up a four-game homestand against Houston on Sunday (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC).

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