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Heat assign Chris Silva to G League

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Silva is expected to return for the Heat’s Jan. 27 game.

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The Miami Heat first signed Chris Silva to a two-way contract, but never assigned him to Sioux Falls Skyforce before converting it to a standard, three-year contract. That changed today, when the Heat assigned Silva to their G League affiliate.

As the above tweet notes, this will be a short stint in Sioux Falls for Silva — he is expected to return for Miami’s game against the Orlando Magic Jan. 27. In fact, Erik Spoelstra said Miami assigned Silva to the Skyforce to get him some seasoning during a stretch in which the Heat play one game in four days.

Silva has fallen out of Miami’s rotation recently; he hasn’t played in the Heat’s last seven games. James Johnson and Kelly Olynyk, who have spent parts of the season out of Spoelstra’s rotation, have both received regular playing time lately.

Heat 2019 second-round pick KZ Okpala is also playing with Sioux Falls, as are two-way players Gabe Vincent and Kyle Alexander.