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Miami Heat extends affiliation with Sioux Falls Skyforce

The Miami Heat extended its single-team affiliation with the NBA Development League’s Sioux Falls (S.D.) Skyforce through the 2016-17 season, an agreement that maintains the Heat’s control over the team’s basketball operations.

Miami can assign players to the Skyforce before the regular season, but those players reserve the right to leave if claimed by another NBAteam.

The Heat is looking for a replacement for former Skyforce coach Phil Webber, who left to join Alvin Gentry’s staff with the New Orleans Pelicans.

“We have been working with the Skyforce for six years and feel that it is one of the most professional organizations in the NBA Development League,” Heat president Pat Riley said in a statement. “We have had a very successful working partnership with them the last two years and have had successful development with current players Tyler Johnson and Hassan Whiteside, and past players Shabazz Napier, Henry Walker, Justin Hamilton and Zoran Dragic.”

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