The Heat will continue to need to build through the middle, unless they can flip picks and players for a superstar, which doesn’t seem especially likely over the next season.
Until that opportunity arises, Miami’s front office and scouting staff will be looking at options for No. 13 this season, hoping to get a player as promising as Bam Adebayo (No. 14 in 2017) or, even better, someone as good as the guy who went one spot ahead of Adebayo that year, Donovan Mitchell.
The process has been ongoing, but it accelerates in Chicago for pre-draft camp, and the reporters on scene from South Florida — Ira Winderman, David Wilson, Shandel Richardson — had the details.
🔥#NBA Draft Combine News🔥
Players @MiamiHEAT has met with/interviewing today:
• SF – Cam Reddish
• SG – Kevin Porter Jr.
• C – Bruno Fernando
• C – Naz Reid
• PG – Carsen Edwards
Player(s) Miami is working out:
• PF/C – Brandon Clarke
— Miami Heat Beat (@miaheatbeat) May 17, 2019
That’s not a surprising list, even if it seems unlikely that Reddish would be there at 13. Porter — along with Clarke and Bol Bol — has been among the prospects linked to the Heat in early mock drafts.
Don’t pay much attention to position. The Heat need help everywhere, though it would seem that center would be the least pressing need, at least while Hassan Whiteside and Kelly Olynyk are still in Miami with Bam Adebayo.
And this is a franchise that took Dwyane Wade in 2003 when it was paying Eddie Jones a fortune to play two-guard.
Also, don’t place too much emphasis on who the Heat interview in Chicago.
In 2015, I recall speaking with Justise Winslow there. Winslow was expected to go higher than the Heat’s slot (No. 10) and he told me that he hadn’t met with the Heat there.
There will be plenty of tidbits between now and the draft in six weeks, including this one:
The Unknown player in this draft I suggest Heat fans get to know? (But won’t be a 1st rd pick)
Max Strus from DePaul
Heat scouted him a ton all season and will investigate how to acquire him either in 2nd rd or as UDFA. @miaheatbeat
— Greg L. Sylvander (@Lefty_Leif) May 17, 2019