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Miami Heat Reaches 3-Year Agreement With D-League Guard Briante Weber Before NBA Playoffs

The Miami Heat is building its roster even more as the team prepares for the start of the NBA Playoffs.

According to the Miami Herald, the Miami Heat recently established a three-year, partially guaranteed agreement with D-League point guard Briante Weber.

With the start of the NBA Playoffs quickly approaching, the Miami Heat are apparently building its roster with additional depth to prepare the team for its rough journey ahead.

Briante Weber, 23, is expected to join the team before the Heat faces off against the Orlando Magic for their final home game of the regular season. The Miami Heat originally signed Briante Weber as a rookie free agent before the regular season started.

However, they later sent him down to the D-League team, Sioux Falls.

Within the 28 games that Weber played with Sioux Falls during the regular season of the D-League, he averaged 10.7 points, 4.2 assists, 2.1 steals and 5.3 rebounds.

According to the Miami Herald, he helped the D-League team to sweep the New York Knicks’ D-League affiliate in the first round of their playoffs earlier this week. During that particular playoff sweep, Weber bumped his average points per game to 12.5 and his average steals per game increased to 3.5.

Even though his stats declined when it came to rebounds and assists, his performance apparently was good enough to grab the attention of Miami Heat when it came to filling the available spaces on the team’s roster.

There are apparently two open spots within the Heat’s roster, and the team reportedly has high hopes that 30-year-old Dorell Wright will fill the last spot. The Miami Herald reports that the team “was working toward formalizing a contract by Sunday with Wright.”

Dorell Wright first joined the team as a first round pick in the 2004 NBA Draft. Last season, Wright played for the Portland Trail Blazers before spending the current season playing for an overseas team in China. If the Heat are able to secure the veteran swingman, they will have a solid and deep roster coming out of the regular season.

With Tyler Johnson and Chris Bosh both out due to injuries, the Miami Heat could really use the support and talent of Weber and Wright on the court as well as one of the sidelines.

Most Heat fans and critics are excited about the possibility of seeing Tyler Johnson return before the regular season comes to an end. However, his return is reportedly based on whether or not he can endure two consecutive days without any soreness in his shoulder.

According to the report, the Heat will wait until Sunday before confirming any of their signings to avoid crossing the luxury tax threshold. With the start of the NBA Playoffs less than a week away, the Miami Heat still have two away games against the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday and the Boston Celtics on Wednesday before their regular season officially comes to a close.

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