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NBA veteran heads to London

London Lions today confirmed the addition of five-year NBA veteran DeAndre Liggins to their 2020-21 squad.

The 6’7” forward/guard last played in the NBA during the 2018 Play-Offs as a member of the New Orleans Pelicans, but also played 64 games for Cleveland Cavaliers and had his longest stay with the Miami Heat and their G-League affiliate, Sioux Falls Skyforce.

Achievements include being the G-League Champion in 2016 also an All-Star and two-time G-League Defensive Player of the Year in 2014 and 2016.

Liggins appeared in 34 games (33 starts) for Sioux Falls during its 2016 championship season and averaged 13.0 points, 7.0 assists, 6.3 rebounds and 2.06 steals per game.

2018-19 saw the Kentucky Wildcats graduate play in 25 G-League games – including 21 starts – Liggins averaged 10.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 5.7 assists, and 1.3 steals per game.

“I am very excited to join such a winning and upcoming organisation,” said Liggins. “My competitive edge and winning mentality will certainly be effective immediately in the London Lions’ organisation. I’m excited and can’t wait.”

Lions Head Coach, Vince Macaulay added, “This is a great opportunity for us all in British Basketball. Deandre is an unbelievable hard worker, we wanted someone that would nullify the highest of European talent and we think we have him.

“His experience, his team ethos will no doubt spread into our team and I’m delighted we could sign him and I’m sure all our fans will take him to their hearts.”

Fans will get to see the team for the first time on 15 September, with Lions taking on Neptunas Klaipeda in a Basketball Champions League qualifier.

Tickets and details of television coverage will be confirmed nearer the date.