Miami originally acquired New Orleans' 2018 second-round draft pick in the Feb. 18, 2016 trade involving Jarnell Stokes.— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) July 10, 2016
The Pelicans are not expected to make use of the pick due to the heavy protections associated with it.
The pick going to the Pelicans for Babbitt from Heat (Sun Sentinel has confirmed deal) is Pelicans' protected 1-55 in 2018.— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) July 10, 2016
Luke Babbitt spent a total of three seasons with the New Orleans Pelicans, following a short stint overseas in Russia. He averaged 7.0 points, 3.1 rebounds and nearly 1 three a game during the 2015-16 season.
Babbitt's ability to stretch the floor was easily his largest strength. Had he qualified, Babbitt would have led the league in three-point percentage during the 2014-15 season.
Luke Babbitt posted an eFG% of 56% on catch and shoot jump shots and 42% on pull up jumpers in the half court last season.— Synergy Sports Tech (@SynergySST) July 10, 2016
With Tim Frazier agreeing to a 2-year deal earlier in the day, it was expected that both Babbitt and Toney Douglas would become roster casualties.
Babbitt was a fan favorite, but when the roster was largely healthy, he routinely didn't see regular season game action. He was most famous for both his long hair style and his incredible pump fakes.