Miami recalls Dexter Pittman from DLeague
by Sam Amick, USA TODAY Sports
Dexter Pittman is taking his talents back to the Miami Heat.
According to two people with knowledge of the situation, the Miami big man who has been playing for Sioux Falls in the NBA Development League is being called up and will rejoin the Heat in Los Angeles on Thursday in time to be available for their game against the Lakers. The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because the team had not yet announced the decision.
When Pittman was re-assigned to Sioux Falls on Dec. 26, he wore a t-shirt that read “I’m taking my talents to Sioux Falls” – in reference to LeBron James’ famous quote when he made his announcement to join the Heat.
The Heat, who play the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday, continue to struggle with defense and rebounding from their frontcourt, giving up 41.8 rebounds per game and getting 38.6.
The Heat, who rank 13th in points allowed per 100 possessions (102.3) and are 26th in rebounding percentage (48 percent), have lost four of their last six games but are still atop the Eastern Conference at 24-12.
Pittman was a second-round pick out of Texas in 2010. He played in 35 games for the Heat last season but has played in only four thus far this season. In 10 D-League games this season, Pittman is averaging 12 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game.
The Warriors will likely be without leading scorer Stephen Curry, who has a sprained right ankle he suffered at the team shootaround Wednesday morning.
It’s the same ankle he had surgically repaired for the second time in two years in April, 2012.