Source: Austin Toros To Acquire NBA D-League Rights of Dexter Pittman

Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

A source tells that the Austin Toros will acquire the D-League rights of former Heat big man and NBA champion Dexter Pittman.

Last year around this time, Dexter Pittman was playing for the Sioux Falls Skyforce during the NBA D-League Showcase, as part of an assignment from the Miami Heat.

Though he won an NBA championship with the Heat back in 2012, Pittman has thus far struggled to make a meaningful impact in The Association. He spent time in Sioux Falls on assignment both last season and the season before that.

Following three rather underwhelming seasons as a pro (with Miami and the Memphis Grizzlies), the big man was forced to take somewhat unique measures (for a player with his experience) as he aimed to continuing proving he still deserved a shot.

Pittman appeared in NBA Summer League for the San Antonio Spurs, and went on to participate in training camp with the Chicago Bulls this past fall. So far, Pittman just hasn't been able to stick.

But perhaps the Spurs are still intrigued enough by the 25 year old to give him yet another look, in some form, at least. A source tells that the Austin Toros (the NBADL affiliate of San Antonio) are set to acquire Pittman's minor league rights from the Springfield Armor. The Nets' affiliate claimed Pittman back in late November, but ties were broken less than a week later.

Such an acquisition of the Texas native and college product, is poised to come, of course, right in time for this year's D-League Showcase. Pittman would headline the already existent handful of past NBA players who have signed with minor league teams in the past few days, in anticipation of the slew of big league executives coming to watch NBADL basketball this week in Reno.

To make room for Pittman on their roster, the Toros are set to release the seldom used 2013 D-League Draft selection Kyle Hunt. The versatile talented forward is set to enter the NBADL Player Pool, according to a source.

Appearing in China previously this season, Pittman averaged 14.2 points on 65% from the field through six games for the Guangdong Foshan Dralions.

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