The Miami Heat have announced the signing of guard Larry Drew II from free agency on undisclosed terms.
The 27 year old played Summer League with the Heat in 2013, before signing a deal and playing in the development league team. He remained in the squad until January 2015 – when he signed for the Philadelphia 76ers.
He was handed a start at the point guard position against the New Orleans Pelicans, but his stay in Philly was short lived as he only started one game in 12 appearances. Since then, Drew II has been floating between the D-League and Europe, before rejoining the 76ers for 2017 Summer League. In the last few months, he won a gold medal for the USNT at the 2017 FIBA AmeriCup.
During the tournament, he averaged 4.6 points, 5.0 assists, 2.0 rebounds, and 1 steal in 19.4 minutes while shooting 52.9 percent from the floor. Meanwhile, in 96 career NBA G League games, all with Sioux Falls, Drew II has averaged 10.8 points, 7.8 assists, 3.4 rebounds, and 1.48 steals in 33.6 minutes while shooting 47.6 percent from the floor, 41.6 percent from three-point range and 71.4 percent from the foul line.
Larry could prove to be a shrewd pickup for the Heat, who will be looking to push for the playoffs after narrowly missing out last season. He’ll look to push Tyler Johnson all the way for the deputy spot to Gordan Dragic.