The former Kentucky guard played in one preseason game for the Heat, scoring 10 points and recording two assists in a win against the New Orleans Pelicans – the team he last played an NBA regular season game for.
Bam Adebayo skies for the rebound and kicks it out to DeAndre Liggins for the 3. pic.twitter.com/EJWUPVPBHJ
— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) October 11, 2018
The deadline for NBA teams to cut down their roster to 15 guaranteed contract players is Monday at 2 p.m. (does not include two-way players) and the Heat had to make some moves in order to meet the limit.
Liggins, along with former Dayton guard Charles Cooke, will be waived but will have their chance to work their way back onto the roster through the G League.
The signing and waiving of Liggins appears planned from the jump, as they can now use him in partnership with their G League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce (along with former Kentucky forward Marcus Lee, who was also recently waived by the Heat and is expected to play for the Skyforce).
This type of maneuvering will allow Liggins to receive a $50,000 bonus if he stays with the Skyforce for at least two months in addition to the $35,000 G League salary.
This will be Liggins third total stint with the Skyforce as he was a member back in the 2013-14 season – where he was named a D-League All-Star and later the D-League Defensive Player of the Year – and again in the 2015-16 season – where he was once again a D-League All-Star and named to the All-Defensive First Team.