Heat Assigns Daequan Cook and Joel Anthony To Iowa Energy

NEW YORK, Feb. 27, 2008 The Miami Heat announced today it has assigned rookies Daequan Cook and Joel Anthony to its NBA Development League affiliate Iowa Energy. Cook and Anthony become the 29th and 30th NBA players, respectively, to be assigned to a D-League affiliate this season.

Cook, a 6-5 guard, has appeared in 38 games (two starts) for the Heat this season, averaging 7.2 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 19.5 minutes.

Originally selected with the 21st pick in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers, Cook was acquired by the Heat in a draft day trade following one season at Ohio State University. During his freshman year, Cook averaged 9.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 39 games. For his efforts, he was named Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year and earned Honorable Mention All-Big Ten honors.

A 6-9 center, Anthony has appeared in four games for the Heat this season, averaging 7.8 minutes. Anthony was signed by Miami as a free agent on July 3, 2007 and played in four Summer League games, where he averaged 1.8 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.3 blocks in 21.5 minutes. Prior to his signing with the Heat, Anthony was a two-year contributor at The University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he averaged 3.7 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.3 blocks in 68 games.

Cook and Anthony will begin practicing with the Energy tomorrow, and will be available to play with the Energy when Iowa travels to Albuquerque to face the Thunderbirds on Sunday, March 2.

Heat fans can stay in step with Cook, Anthony and the Energy by logging onto www.d-league.com/watch to watch all D-League games streamed live for free.