SHANE Battier is back with the Miami Heat, joining the team's front office as its first director of basketball development and analytics, the team announced on Thursday (Friday, Manila time).
A member of two NBA title-winning Heat squads, Battier's new role will develop analytics to evaluate talent, including college players, free agents and members of the existing roster.
"My goal, as is the entire organization's, is to bring another championship back to Miami," Battier said.
Battier retired three years ago from the NBA where he played 13 seasons. His last three was in Miami and helped the team win championships in 2012 and 2013.
A former player with the Duke, Battier has close ties with Heat managing general partner Micky Arison and CEO Nick Arison, who was the Blue Devils' manager during Battier’s college days.
Battier said he is thrilled to be working with his old coach, Filipino-American Erik Spoelstra, and the team president Pat Riley.
"We believe Shane is an incredible example of our Heat program, not only for the present, but also for the future," said Riley. "Shane is an out-of-the-box thinker and will bring a fresh expertise that can help us evolve as a franchise."