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MIAMI, August 11 – The Miami HEAT announced today that they have signed free agent guard/forward Wesley Person. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“Wesley Person has proven throughout his career that he is one of the best and most reliable shooters in this league,” said HEAT Head Coach Stan Van Gundy. “Obviously with Shaquille O’Neal in the post and Dwyane Wade penetrating, people are going to want to compact their defenses against us. We feel shooting is at a premium for us and today we signed one of the best shooters in the league.”

Person, entering his 11th NBA season, has averaged 11.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 29.0 minutes per game during the course of his career with five NBA teams. In 58 games with the Memphis Grizzlies, Portland Trail Blazers and Atlanta Hawks last season, Person averaged 5.8 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 17.9 minutes per game.

Person, who has shot 41.6 percent (1109-for-2665) from behind the three-point line in 10 seasons, ranks second among active NBA players and sixth all-time in league history in three-point field goal percentage. He is currently ranked seventh among active players in three-point field goals made.

A 6’6”, 200-pound guard/forward, Person was drafted by the Phoenix Suns in the first round (23rd pick) of the 1994 NBA Draft. In his rookie season, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team. After three seasons in Phoenix, Person was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers where he spent five seasons, including the 2001-02 campaign when he averaged a career-high 15.1 points per game and shot a career-high 49.5 percent from the field. Cleveland then traded him to Memphis, where he spent the 2002-03 season.