Heat add Bibby

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, Last Updated: 7:24 PM ET

MIAMI - The Miami Heat on Wednesday signed veteran guard Mike Bibby.

Bibby became a free agent on Monday after he reached an agreement with the Washington Wizards on a contract buyout.

The 13-year pro was unhappy that he landed with the Wizards in a February 23 trade that sent guard Kirk Hinrich to the Hawks. In just two games for the Wizards, Bibby had two points and eight assists.

Bibby made 56 starts for Atlanta this season, averaging 9.1 points, 3.6 assists and 2.6 rebounds.

"We want to welcome Mike Bibby as we continue to move into the direction of our championship dreams," Heat president Pat Riley said. "We feel Mike, with his vast postseason experience, long range game and point guard abilities, will give us a boost in the backcourt."

The 6-foot-2, 195-pounder has appeared in 940 regular season games (934 starts), recording 15.4 points, 5.7 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.21 steals. Among active NBA players, Bibby ranks fifth in assists (5,382) and ninth in three-point field goals made (1,450).

Bibby also brings plenty of playoff experience to the Southeast-leading Heat, who are 43-17 and fighting for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

He has appeared in 80 postseason games (all starts), with averages of 15.3 points, 4.8 assists, 3.4 rebounds, and 1.23 steals while shooting 42.0 percent from the field, 39.3 percent from three-point range and 82.1 percent from the foul line.


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