Shane Battier says he will sign with Miami Heat

Shane Battier
Shane Battier

(AP) - Free agent forward Shane Battier says he will sign with the Miami Heat.

Battier announced his decision in a series of posts to his Twitter account Thursday morning. The 33-year-old is entering his 10th NBA season, having previously played for Memphis and Houston.

For his career, Battier has averaged 9.6 points and 4.7 rebounds. He's the first free agent to announce a decision to join the Heat this off season. Battier is expected to be in camp when Miami is scheduled to hold its first formal practice Friday afternoon - assuming the tentative labor agreement is completed by then, as the NBA and its players expect.

The former Duke forward says on Twitter the chance to have "a winning role" in Miami helped him make the decision.

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