Although the Miami Heat managed to sign James Johnson and Dion Waiters to four-year deals this summer, the team apparently didn’t see Willie Reed or Luke Babbitt in their future plans.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Friday that Babbitt agreed to a one-year deal with the Atlanta Hawks.
Free agent forward Luke Babbitt has agreed to a one-year deal with the Atlanta Hawks, league source tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 4, 2017
It may seem odd that the Heat didn’t have much of an appetite for a Babbitt reunion, who started 55 games for the Heat and shot 41.4 percent from downtown.
After Babbitt’s injury late last season, James Johnson’s role expanded from sixth man to starter, a role he filled admirably. The Heat are also banking on getting more than 18 games from Justise Winslow. With Winslow, Johnson and even Kelly Olynyk taking minutes, Babbitt would’ve been sitting on the bench most nights.