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Miami Heat Acquire Luke Babbitt From Hawks in Exchange for Okaro White

11 February 2018

Just as he did a year ago, Babbitt gives the Heat another 3-point option and spreads the floor.

For the Hawks a quiet deadline was surprising and while Luke Babbitt's shooting will be missed it hardly hurts a rebuilding team that is already limping into the All-star break.

According to Marc Spears of The Undefeated, Miami is acquiring swingman Luke Babbitt from the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for power forward Okaro White.

White is averaging 3.3 points and 1.8 rebounds in 13.3 minutes per game for the Heat this season, while Babbitt has averaged 6.1 points and 2.2 rebounds in 15.2 minutes per game.

The Hawks later waived White in a separate move.

Babbitt joined Miami last season, and averaged 4.8 points in 68 games, including 55 starts. Olynyk strained his left shoulder Monday against Orlando and sat out Wednesday's 109-101 loss to the Rockets.

The 6-9 sharpshooter in Babbitt should play a similar role for Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra for the remainder of this season. In his lone season in Miami during the 2016-17 campaign, he made a single-season career-high 87 three-point field goals and hit multiple treys in a game 23 times, also a single-season career best.

Miami Heat Acquire Luke Babbitt From Hawks in Exchange for Okaro White