MIAMI, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- Trying to solve their problems at point guard, the Miami Heat on Thursday signed veteran Travis Best.
Best is joining his third team since February. He split last season between the Indiana Pacers and Chicago Bulls, averaging 7.9 points and 4.4 assists in 74 games. He battled injuries to his leg and back during the season.
In Miami, it is likely that Best will become the club's starting point guard. Veteran Rod Strickland is a free agent that is not expected to return and Anthony Carter has been a reserve most of his career.
A 1995 first-round pick of Indiana, Best brings a wealth of playoff experience to the Heat, having appeared in 59 career postseason games. He saw significant playing time for the Pacers in 2000, when they reached the NBA Finals.
The 30-year-old Best has career averages of 8.2 points and 3.9 assists in 499 games.