HEAT Acquire Luke Babbitt
Layne Murdoch Jr.
MIAMI, July 10 – The Miami HEAT announced today that they have acquired Luke Babbitt from the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for New Orleans’ own 2018 second-round draft pick, that Miami acquired in the Feb. 18, 2016 trade involving Jarnell Stokes, and cash considerations.
Babbitt, a 6’9”, 225-pound forward, has appeared in 263 NBA regular season games (38 starts) during his six-year career and has averaged 4.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and 13.5 minutes while connecting on 40.7 percent from the floor, 40.3 percent from behind the three-point arc and 74.4 percent from the foul line. In three of his six NBA seasons, Babbitt has hit at least 40 percent of his three-point field goal attempts. He has yet to appear in an NBA postseason game.
Last season as a member of the Pelicans, Babbitt appeared in 47 games (13 starts) and averaged 7.0 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 18.0 minutes while shooting 42.2 percent from the floor, 40.3 percent from three-point range and 74.4 percent from the line. The 16thoverall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves, Babbitt set single-season career highs during the 2015-16 campaign in points (327), field goals made (122) and attempted (289), free throws made (39) and attempted (50), offensive rebounds (25), defensive rebounds (123), total rebounds (148) and assists (53).
In addition to playing for the Pelicans (2013-16), Babbitt played three seasons (2010-13) with the Portland Trail Blazers.