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LakerMania
09-05-2002, 07:48 PM
Best signs with Heat

September 5, 2002


MIAMI (AP) -- Free agent guard Travis Best signed Thursday with the Miami Heat, his third team since February.

The 30-year-old Best becomes a possible successor to starting point guard Rod Strickland, who is 36 and a free agent.

Best split the 2001-02 season between the Indiana Pacers and Chicago Bulls, appearing in 74 games with 21 starts. He averaged 7.9 points, 4.4 assists and 23.6 minutes.

The 5-foot-11 guard spent 6 1/2 seasons with Indiana. His playing time slipped last season following injuries to his leg and back and the emergence of rookie point guard Jamaal Tinsley. Best, upset when pulled from a game against Washington by coach Isiah Thomas, later refused to go back in.

He asked for a trade in December and was dealt to Chicago on Feb. 19.

Best has averaged 8.2 points and 3.9 assists in 499 NBA games.