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Shane Battier To Sign With Miami Heat, Announcing News On Twitter

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Free-agent small forward Shane Battier announced he is signing with the Miami Heat, saying so on his Twitter account on Thursday morning. The announcement confirms a report by Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears earlier.  Battier split time with the Houston Rockets and Memphis Grizzlies last season and is expected to provide shooting and defense to the Miami roster.

Battier revealed his intentions to announce the decision on his Twitter account on Wednesday night, then said the following on Thursday morning:

This was a exciting process and after much deliberation, I would like to quote the great poet Jimmy Buffett and take my chances "Trying to Reason with Hurricane Season"

Battier, who turned 33 in September, averaged 7.6 points per game while shooting 38 percent from three-point land last season. His presence was one of the major reasons the Grizzlies were able to go on such a strong late-season run.

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