Hawks trade Luke Babbitt to Heat

Nov 18 2017 Atlanta GA USA Atlanta Hawks forward Luke Babbitt shoots against Boston Celtics forward Al Horford in the first quarter at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 18 2017 Atlanta GA USA Atlanta Hawks forward Luke Babbitt shoots against Boston Celtics forward Al Horford in the first quarter at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Luke Babbitt could not stay away.

Just as he did a year ago, Babbitt gives the Heat another 3-point option and spreads the floor.

The Heat have re-acquired the 6-foot-9 forward from the Atlanta Hawks for forward Okaro White.

Babbitt played last season with the Heat and had a significant role on the team.

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Babbitt's averaging 6.1 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.3 threes a game in 2017-18.

With Kelly Olynyk out with a shoulder injury, Babbitt could be an immediate help to the Heat who are now sitting in seventh place in the Eastern Conference playoff standings with a 29-26 record.

The fact the Heat traded for Babbitt could be a sign forward Kelly Olynyk, who strained his left shoulder and missed his first game of the season on Wednesday, could be out for a while. In his eighth National Basketball Association season, he's averaged 4.9 points and 2.3 rebounds in 14.1 minutes, appearing in 368 games (102 starts). In his lone season in Miami during the 2016-17 campaign, he made a single-season career-high 87 three-point field goals and hit multiple treys in a game 23 times, also a single-season career best.

As for White, he will most likely see limited minutes playing behind Ersan Ilyasova and John Collins in the Hawks' power forward depth chart when he returns.

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