MIAMI — Former Kentucky guard DeAndre Liggins is back in the NBA with the Miami Heat.
Liggins signed a 10-day contract with the team and joined them for practice Tuesday. He had been playing for the Heat's NBA Development League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce.
His signing came not long after felony domestic violence charges against him were recently dropped in Oklahoma City.
"We did extensive research on everything about him, on the court, off the court," Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra said. "Everything checked out fine. We feel we've gotten to know him very well, especially our Sioux Falls staff. Based on our evaluations, we felt it was time to take a look at him and get to know him."
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Spoelstra said that neither the team nor Liggins could comment on the incident because other charges could still be filed.
"We all make mistakes, unfortunately," Liggins said. "I learned from it and I moved past that, and I'm ready to get back on track."
Liggins said he'll do whatever it takes to stick with the team past his 10-day contract.
"I've worked hard to get back to this level and I appreciate the opportunity they've given me," he said.
When asked what he brings to the Heat, Liggins said he'll "just knock down open shots. Just play defense hard. Do all the little things, take charges, all the little things.
"Throughout my years at Kentucky, I was doing all the little things. I've played with John Wall, with Kevin Durant. That's what I do, all the little things."
Miami star Dwyane Wade welcomed Liggins' addition to the team.
"I've always pulled for him," Wade said. "For him to come here gives him a chance to show what he can do."
Liggins has played in 56 NBA games for Oklahoma City and Orlando.
He was originally charged with two counts of kidnapping, two counts of domestic assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, three counts of domestic abuse in the presence of a minor and one count of violating a protective order. He was arrested in August after his girlfriend told police he attacked her in front of their 2-year-old son.
Prosecutors are expected to refile the charge as a single misdemeanor count of domestic abuse.
In 35 games with Sioux Falls, Liggins averaged 14.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.5 steals, and was named to the developmental league's all-star team.