The Miami Heat have called up small forward Luke Jackson
from the Idaho Stampede of the NBA Development League. Jackson becomes the third player added to an NBA roster from the D-League so far this season. A veteran of the NBA and D-League, Jackson played with Idaho last season before playing out a call-up from the Clippers, and finishing the season with the Toronto Raptors.
The former 10th overall pick in the 2004 NBA draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers, Jackson has three years of NBA experience since leaving Oregon. He has a career average of 2.9 points in 8 minutes of playing time per game. Jacksons deadly shooting stroke will fit nicely with the Miami Heat, who have struggled in the early season partially due to a lack of a consistent threat on the perimeter.
There has been some speculation in the early season that the Heat regret letting Jason Kapono
go to the Raptors in the off-season, and they will look at Jackson to see if he can fill the same role.
Jackson joined Idaho just over a week ago, and played only one game with the Stampede before receiving his call back to the NBA. In his only D-League game this season, the veteran forward scored 30 points while shooting 5 of 6 from behind the three point line in 31 minutes.
There has been a pattern of veteran players signing with NBA teams from the D-League this season. Eddie Gill
and Jelani McCoy
both had prior NBA experience, as is the case with Jackson.
In other D-League news, point guard Will Blalock
has returned from Israel and will be joining the Anaheim Arsenal, who are in serious need of a floor general. The Sioux Falls Skyforce will also add Kasib Powell
, who has prior minor league experience.