Miami Heat Have Reunion With Former Guard

In a reversal of a transaction they made earlier this month, the Miami Heat have re-signed guard Dru Smith and waived center Orlando Robinson. 

After an impressive preseason performance, the 24-year-old shooting guard was signed to a two-way deal by the Heat, but he was waived less than two weeks ago to make room for Robinson. At the time, the Heat were in need of a big man after center Omer Yurtseven went down with an ankle injury that is expected to keep him out until late February. 

But now Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra says more wing play is the pressing need for the Heat, therefore the reunion with Smith on another two-way contract. In three games with the Sioux Falls Skyforce in the G League, Smith had been impressive, averaging 17.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists while shooting 42% from long distance. 

He's available to join the Heat for their game Friday night. 

Robinson had been averaging 20 points and 9 rebounds in the G League before he was added to the Heat roster a few games ago. Coach Spo says the 7-footer performed "as required" in his time with the Heat and he "remains in the team's thoughts."

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