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Heat's Okaro White named to 2017 National Basketball Association D-League All-Star Game

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Melissa Porter | 07 February, 2017, 02:53

The Miami HEAT announced Monday that they have re-signed Okaro White and waived forward Derrick Williams.

Deadline number one was the expiration of the second 10-day contract offered to White on Sunday.

White's progress from the Heat's NBA Development League affiliate in Sioux Falls to NBA contributor again showed the team's ability to develop players.

The Heat must either sign White, 24, for the rest of the season or he becomes a free agent available for any other team to sign.

The Heat explored trading Williams in recent days but was unable to find a taker.

Cutting White loose would then open up other opportunities because any other National Basketball Association team could offer their own 10-day deal. He appeared in 23 games for the Skyforce, averaging 18.4 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.7 ... From the field, he's been able to connect on 46 percent of his 3-pointers and 48 percent of his field-goal attempts. Williams has played a total of 16 minutes since January 8 and was passed on the depth chart by Okaro White.

White, who went undrafted out of Florida State in 2014, has impressed the Heat with his length, versatility, defense and three-point game.

He played several key fourth-minute stretches during his 20 days with the team.

He was selected as the Greek Basketball Player of the Year and named to the All-Greek A1 League First Team, All-Defensive Team and All-Imports teams.

Miami looks to continue its current 10-game winning streak with a road game on Monday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves.