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Miami Heat Draft Notes from Media Session Day 2

Today’s media session with NBA draft prospects included more players in the Miami Heat’s range.

The name that surrounded the Miami Heat the most was Precious Achiuwa, since he mentioned that he worked out with them.

Precious definitely is a very intriguing prospect for Miami, but I’m not so sure he will still be on the board by pick 20.

And although I think he will be a very solid NBA player, I just don’t believe he’s the best fit for the Heat. A power forward should not be the route Miami will lean towards, since a true center will be more enticing. But obviously they know he’s talented since they worked him out, so we will see what happens.

Theo Maledon, Tyrese Maxey, and Devin Vassell did not work out with the Miami Heat. Vassell should be a lottery pick, so that makes sense, but it was interesting to hear that Theo or Tyrese didn’t. Tyrese only worked out with one NBA team thus far, which was the New Orleans Pelicans. And I’ve discussed that Theo won’t be a player Miami would go after since he’s more of a project than an immediate fit.

Jalen Smith and Patrick Williams are two guys that have been discussed as possibilities as well, but neither would disclose the teams that they worked out for.

Jalen Smith talked about his intriguing shooting abilities, which includes more than just the standstill jump shot.

Patrick Williams gave a very Miami Heat type quote, when he mentioned he wants to help a team more than achieving personal accolades. He also said that his biggest strength is his versatility, and mentioned “I think you saw it a lot with the Miami Heat in the finals since they played with all guards.”

All of these guys will be considered if they’re still on the board at 20, even if they didn’t workout with Miami. And we will see which route Miami ultimately elects to go.

Some Miami Heat Draft Notes from Media Session Day 1

There were a bunch of top picks in this NBA draft that spoke with media today about their games and different teams they have spoken with.

The one that stood out the most for the Miami Heat was Aaron Nesmith, since he mentioned Miami was one of the five teams that he had a workout with.

I do believe there’s a good chance that he will be selected earlier, since he is one of the best shooters in this draft. He continually mentioned his best attributes are shooting the three ball and his all around defensive abilities.

A 3 and D guard will definitely be on Miami’s radar, especially one with his type of talent.

Another guy that talked with media and could possibly fall to Miami is Saddiq Bey. I wrote about him back in June as a target for Miami, since I don’t believe there’s a better fit for their culture. He’s gritty, tough, and can also give Miami that 3 and D role.

He mentioned that he has no preference for a specific role, since he will do whatever a team wants him to do. And that pretty much sums up the Miami Heat’s situation exactly, since there are spots they could possibly plug him into.

And of course he had to give a very Miami Heat-esque answer when asked about his main priority upon arrival, which he responded “helping the team win.”

The last guy that spoke with media that Miami has a shot at was RJ Hampton.

In my opinion, a couple things stood out from his interview. For one, he is one of the most confident players in this draft. I believe his stock took a bit of a hit since he played overseas, which led to his scoring numbers taking a dip, but that shouldn’t be the case.

He mentioned the fact that he was a top 5 player coming out of high school, and the international route polished up his all around game. He was 19 years old playing against pros and played pretty well. As he said, some people are more worried about the “oohs and ahs,” but he just plays to get better.

Then he gave the Miami Heat quote of the day, saying when going overseas, you must be willing to “Get less of the hype and more of the work.”

The Miami Heat were not one of the teams that he worked out with though, but anything can happen in this very unique NBA draft.

It’s clear Miami has many options with this 20th pick, and I believe all three of these guys will be considered if available.

Miami Heat Draft

Heat Draft History: Mid-First Round Picks

Believe it or not, the next NBA season is right around the corner. It’s draft week over at Five Reasons Sports as the Miami Heat prepare for Wednesday’s NBA draft.

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The Heat hold the No. 20 pick in the draft. They don’t own their second-rounder this year thanks to the deal that landed Miami Zoran Dragic on back in 2015.

The Heat don’t have a long history with mid-first round picks, considering they’ve either been contending or rebuilding for much of their 32-year existence. They’ve made just five selections between picks 15 and 25, despite having 12 selections in that range over the years.

The NBA draft itself remains a crapshoot. Lottery talents flop while second round picks become revelations. While there haven’t been a ton of mid-first round picks in franchise history, the Heat’s history in the draft is spotty, especially in this range.

*For the purposes of this discussion, a mid-first round pick will (admittedly arbitrarily) be those between No. 15 (the first non-lottery selection) and No. 25.

Heat Draft History: Mid-Round Selections

Kevin Edwards

Far and away the best pick for the Heat in the mid-first round remains Kevin Edwards. The Heat landed the No. 20 overall selection in an expansion draft deal with Dallas. Miami agreed not to select Bill WenningtonUwe Blab or Steve Alford from the Mavericks in exchange for their 1988 first-round pick.

That’s right. They landed Kevin Edwards for not picking Uwe Blab.

(Side Note: Miami landed second-round picks in other expansion draft deals, too, including agreeing not to pick Kareem Abdul-Jabbar from the Lakers or Dennis Johnson from the Celtics.)

Edwards led the expansion Heat as a rookie with a 13.8 scoring average and with 139 steals. A combo guard, Edwards continued as a regular starter through 1990. In 1991, he shifted to a sixth-man role. All told, Edwards played the first five seasons of his 11-year career with the Heat and seemingly started the do-it-all-undersized-two-guard archetype for the franchise. He finished his Heat career averaging 12.2 points, 3.2 assists and 1.6 steals-per-game in 357 appearances.

Tim James

The Heat wouldn’t hold another mid-first in the draft until 1999. That year, they used the No. 25 pick to take Tim James out of the University of Miami. James became the first local product to make his way to the Heat. He played high school ball at Miami Northwestern before joining UM. With the Hurricanes, James ended his career ranked fourth in scoring (1,713 points), fifth in rebounding (856) and second in blocks (224).

But his time with the Heat would be short lived. Heat head coach Pat Riley had James bulk up and that largely robbed the 6-7 wingman of his elite athleticism. He played just four games with Miami, scoring a total of 11 points. James was then part of the blockbuster deal with Charlotte that saw the Heat land Anthony Mason and Eddie Jones in 2000.

James would play in the NBA for two more seasons before enlisting the US Army for four years. During his tours in Iraq, James reportedly never told the other soldiers about his NBA career. After that, he bounced around the world playing pro ball. The Heat honored James in 2011 as part of their Home Strong program.

Interestingly, James wore the No. 40 while with the Heat, a number now worn by another South Florida high school basketball legend, Udonis Haslem.

Dorell Wright and Daequan Cook

Miami’s next mid-first round selection came in 2004. That year, the Heat took Dorell Wright out of Leuzinger High School in Lawndale, CA. This marks the only time in franchise history the team selected a high school player.

Wright appeared in three games as a rookie in 2004-05, scoring a total of seven points. Wright would play parts of six seasons with the Heat and was the youngest player on the team’s first NBA championship. He wouldn’t break into the rotation until his third season, when he played 66 games, scoring six points with 4.1 rebounds- and 1.4 assists-per-game.

Injuries and inconsistent opportunity kept Wright from fully developing with the Heat. Ultimately, Wright put up 6.3 points and 3.0 rebounds-per-game on 46 percent shooting in 211 games with Miami. When he left for Golden State in free agency in 2010, Wright vaulted to another level. He averaged a career-high 16.4 points-per-game that season, starting all 82 games.

In 2007, the Heat entered the draft with the No. 20 pick and took Jason Smith, a stretch big out of Colorado State. They flipped Smith to Philadelphia for the No. 21 selection, Daequan Cook, cash and a 2009 second rounder.

(That second round pick, incidentally, was later dealt to Minnesota in 2008 for none other than the goat, Mario Chalmers.)

Cook played the first three seasons of his six-year NBA career in Miami. His most notable moment was becoming the third Heat player to win the Three-Point Contest at All-Star Weekend. He proved to be a solid role player for a time, averaging 8.8 points as a rookie and 9.1 points in his second season. He was limited to just 45 games his third year before being dealt to Oklahoma City that offseason.

Wheeling and Dealing Mid-First Round Draft Picks

The Heat have always been willing to deal draft picks, particularly their mid-first round picks. Even in this draft, Miami may deal the pick, according to Five Reason’s Ethan Skolnick.

In 1990, the Miami Heat held the 3rd overall selection in the draft after an 18-64 season. The team traded the No. 3 (which became Chris Jackson, later Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf) to Denver for the No. 9 and No. 15 selections. Miami turned those picks into Willie Burton and Dave Jamerson.

Jamerson wasn’t around long, though. He and the No. 30 overall pick (a second rounder then), Carl Herrera, were sent to the Houston Rockets for the No. 12 pick, Alec Kessler.

Kessler became the first player in Heat history to wear the No. 33, now retired for Alonzo Mourning. He played all four seasons of his career with Miami, averaging 5.2 points- and 3.2 rebounds-per-game in 210 appearances.

In 1996, the Heat’s first round pick, No. 16, went to Charlotte as part of the Mourning/Glen Rice trade. The Hornets used the pick to take Tony Delk out of Kentucky. Later in that draft, Miami made an ill-fated deal with Utah for the rights to the No. 25 selection, Martin Müürsepp.

The 6-9 power forward remains the only Estonian player to ever make an NBA appearance. The Heat sent a future first for Müürsepp, who played a grand total of 10 games and scored 17 points for Miami. The Heat then shipped Müürsepp to Dallas with  Sasha Danilović and Kurt Thomas for Jamal Mashburn at the trade deadline that season.

Mid-First Round Draft Picks the Heat Dealt Away

Miami’s 1998 first rounder (No. 22) went to the Los Angeles Clippers with Isaac Austin and Charles Smith for Brent Barry. The Clippers would draft Brian Skinner with that pick, ahead of Ty Lue, Nazr Mohammed, Al Harrington, Rashard Lewis and Rafer Alston, among others.

In 2000, the pick Miami sent to Utah for Müürsepp turned into DeShawn Stevenson for the Jazz.

The Heat’s No. 20 overall selection in 2001 went to Cleveland as part of a complicated three-team trade that saw Shawn Kemp flip to Portland and Brian Grant come to Miami. The Cavs selected Brendan Haywood ahead of the likes of Gerald Wallace, Samuel Dalembert, Jamaal Tinsely, Tony Parker and Gilbert Arenas.

In 2009, the Heat’s No. 18 pick in the first round went to Minnesota as part of the Ricky Davis/Antoine Walker trade. It was the second time the Heat had acquired Davis via trade. The No. 18 pick that year became Ty Lawson.

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2010 saw the Heat package Daequan Cook and the No. 18 overall selection for Oklahoma City’s second rounder. This move cleared out addition cap space to help make the Big-3 Era possible. The second-round pick Miami acquired became Dexter Pittman. The No. 18 pick that year was Kentucky’s Eric Bledsoe.

In 2016, the Heat lost their No. 24 overall pick to Cleveland, thanks to the sign-and-trade deal for LeBron James. The Cavs selected Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot ahead of Pascal Siakam and Dejounte Murray.

Finally, in 2018, Miami saw their No. 16 overall pick head to Phoenix as part of the Goran Dragic deal. The Suns would select Zhaire Smith. The Heat also stands to lose their 2021 first round draft pick in this deal.

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Another Possible Miami Heat Draft Night Surprise

The 2020 NBA draft will be taking place on October 16th, which will be one of the most interesting drafts in recent history. There is a lot of unknown involved when dealing with scouting and drafting already, but this takes it to a whole other level.

The 2020 draft will be the least scouted draft in the history of the NBA. Players did not have the luxury of playing in March Madness which is one of the many important scouting factors. Draft workouts could end up going virtual as well, which automatically gives scouts less of a feel for these young prospects.

One of the most interesting things to look out for is that teams may not want to deal with it at all, and try and turn it into a 2021 draft pick. Don’t be surprised if some teams make a poor deal just to get the pick out of their possession.

With the Miami Heat, it’s a coin flip on whether they will draft or trade the pick. They’re always going to be open to trading it either to close a big deal or to trade away a bad contract. But with many teams looking to trade away their first round picks, the Heat could make a major trade to secure their perfect prospect, Saddiq Bey.

Saddiq Bey is a 6’8 wing out of Villanova who could’ve been even higher of a pick if he was able to show his talents in the tournament. He’s a textbook 3 and D guy that has shown flashes to be even more than that. He shot 45% from three on 5 attempts per game. Saddiq has a chance not only to be the best shooter in this draft, but also the best defender. He can guard anybody from a 2 to a 4 and shut down some of college basketball’s best scorers including Markus Howard, Devon Dotson, and more. Here’s a look…

If you were to ask a coach of his or even a scout about him, they’d probably start with the word physical. He has that Miami Heat grit to him with not only his physicality, but his high energy. He plays with the same type of energy that Bam Adebayo played with in college. And the most interesting connection to the Miami Heat is his very similar play style to Jae Crowder. The toughness, the scrappiness, the 3 and D role. And with Jae Crowder’s contract up this offseason, he could be the perfect replacement to not only fill his role, but also save the Heat money. The only question is, do they have enough tradable assets to secure a top pick.

Though it may be a long shot for the Heat to trade up like this in the draft, if there was ever a time to do it, it’d be this year. The Heat haven’t took the traditional pick in their last two lottery pick selections, and those two players ended up being Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro.

So don’t be surprised if the Miami Heat shock Heat fans in an even different way on draft night this year.

2020 NBA Mock Draft Plus Possible Miami Heat Picks

There are many players drawing uncertainties as they enter the NBA draft this coming year. Since teams are unable to see the players true colors during March Madness, everything seems up in the air about guys. Even though it seems as if the draft will most likely be pushed back, here’s a mock draft using the current standings.

1. Golden State Warriors: Anthony Edwards

  (Georgia, SG, 19 PPG)

Anthony Edwards is the best prospect by far in this draft since he already has a polished game that’ll translate well into the NBA.

 

2. Cleveland Cavaliers: LaMelo Ball

(Illawarra Hawks, PG, 17 PPG)

LaMelo Ball has the most potential out of any prospect in this draft, while being such a confident scorer, he has great vision averaging 8 assists per game.

 

3. Minnesota Timberwolves: Obi Toppin

(Dayton, PF, 20 PPG)

Obi Toppin is a high flying and super athletic player, who is most known for his vertical and dunk packages, while his shooting has gone majorly underrated after he improved his three ball in his last ten games.

 

4. Atlanta Hawks: Deni Avdija

(Maccabi Tel Aviv, SF, 12 PPG)

Deni is an outstanding shooter and has a great IQ for the game, and would fit in nicely next to Trae Young to try and make a Curry and Klay type of backcourt.

 

5. Detroit Pistons: James Wiseman

(Memphis, C, 20 PPG)

James Wiseman has a great feel once he gets the ball in his hands inside the paint, and would replace Drummond perfect as they can build around an improving 20 year old center.

 

6. New York Knicks: Cole Anthony

(North Carolina, PG, 19 PPG)

Cole Anthony is a very explosive point guard that would give the Knicks a fun young player to watch, who has the guts to play in a city like New York.

 

7. Chicago Bulls: RJ Hampton

(New Zealand Breakers, SG, 9 PPG)

RJ Hampton is another all around player with great scoring and passing ability, but his draft stock fell once he didn’t get as many minutes as he would’ve liked overseas.

 

8. Charlotte Hornets: Killian Hayes

(France, PG, 13 PPG)

Killian Hayes has major upside and has an opportunity to get even drafted higher with his slashing and passing abilities, and while Devonta Graham has had a great year, moving him to the 2 might be better as he has been a great three point shooter the past year.

 

9. Washington Wizards: Onyeka Okongwu

(USC, C, 16 PPG)

Okongwu has been turning heads since he played with the Ball brothers in high school, and putting his athleticism and defensive versatilities next to Wall and Beal would be a great start for the next couple of years.

 

10. Phoenix Suns: Tyrese Haliburton

(Iowa State, PG, 15 PPG)

Tyrese Haliburton has unbelievable passing abilities, and is able to play off the ball which would complement Devin Booker perfectly, and give them a young PG which is what they need.

 

11. San Antonio Spurs: Issac Okoro

(Auburn, SF, 13 PPG)

Issac Okoro is by far the best defensive wing in this draft and can guard all 5 positions at times, which will fit into the Spurs system perfectly.

 

12. Sacramento Kings: Tyrese Maxey

(Kentucky, SG, 14 PPG)

Tyrese Maxey is a player that doesn’t lack an ounce of confidence on the court with the ball in his hands, while he is streaky with his shooting ability, he would be a great spark off the bench for the Kings to replace Fox or Hield.

 

13. New Orleans Pelicans: Precious Achiuwa 

(Memphis, PF/C, 16 PPG)

Precious Achiuwa likes to establish himself in the paint at all times which causes him to draw many fouls by the basket, and he is also one of the best rebounders in this draft at only 6’9.

 

14. Portland Trail Blazers: Devin Vassell

(Florida State, SF, 13 PPG)

Devin Vassell is one of the top shooters in this draft class and can defend both the perimeter and paint at a high level, which will entice the Blazers to put him next to Lillard and McCollum.

And….

23. Miami Heat: Vernon Carey Jr

(Duke, C, 18 PPG)

Vernon Carey is a South Florida native who grew up around the Heat as he turned heads constantly in high school. He uses his size inside the paint to score, but has one of the best big man passing abilities in the draft. Having a center come off the bench who can rebound at a high level would be perfect for Miami, which is where they struggle at times.

Miami Heat draft Tyler Herro, fans not thrilled

Sekou.

KPJ.

Bol Bol.

Three high upside players, which the Miami Heat need.

Even Brandon Clarke, the so-called safest pick.

Plenty of players thought to be Heat options were available at No. 13.

Pat Riley, however, went back to his alma matter, for a player — swingman Tyler Herro — who was projected in the 20s until recently.

Miami has done good work in the draft the past four years, so maybe this works out.

Herro was certainly happy.

But the initial reaction was mostly skepticism.

Early polling on @5ReasonsSports had about 75 percent of the fans against it.

Nor was there much excitement in the main bowl of AmericanAirlines Arena, where the Heat were hosting a draft party.

 

More on a podcast posting soon, plus comments from Herro and Pat Riley.

Miami Heat’s draft night gets busier

Refresh our memories.

When is the last time the Miami Heat were the team giving up cash considerations?

Maybe it’s happened recently, but it doesn’t come to mind. The Heat have been in cost-saving, more than cost-adding, mode since the middle of the Big Three era — but apparently they like some of the prospects in this draft enough to pony up a little.

Here’s the trade they just made:

What’s interesting about this deal is that the Heat have done such an incredible job of developing undrafted players of late that it hasn’t seemed necessary to stockpile second round picks.

But apparently, the Heat scouts are intrigued by the depth in this year’s draft. And they also may see a need. The team’s depth, particularly in the backcourt, has already been thinned by the cost-related subtractions of Rodney McGruder, Tyler Johnson and Wayne Ellington — plus the retirement of Dwyane Wade.

Look for coverage from American Airlines Arena — on this website and on podcasts — from myself (Ethan Skolnick) and Alphonse Sidney. That will include a recap of Pat Riley’s remarks, which now figure to occur early Friday morning, when everything is over.

Another thought on Miami Heat’s draft options

From our new contributor Jaccare Givens, as we continue to engage the Five Reasons Sports community. We will be compiling these and posting them leading up to the NBA Draft on June 20:

 

With the NBA draft seven days away let’s look at 3 prospects for the Miami Heat to draft at number 13 in the 2019 NBA draft. The Miami Heat’s main objectives should be to draft the right player, but also to avoid drafting guys who are redundant to what they already have on the current roster. For example, the Heat should stay away from a player like P.J. Washington because he has a lot of characteristics of a Bam Adebayo or Derrick Jones Jr. and that was one of the Heat’s major problems last year with the roster too many alike players at the same position.

I do understand that this draft class isn’t deep but players such Kawhi Leonard and Giannis have been drafted in the back end of the lottery and turn into great players. In my opinion, the Heat need to take a high potential player who can be an All- Star or a player who can be instant offense an average 20-25 points per game. In general, they just need a player who can develop into the next D-Wade as a franchise player and can be the best player on a championship team.

 My top 3 prospects for the Heat in the 2019 NBA draft are:

 

1. Cam Reddish: 6’8 Guard with a 7-1 wingspan, who can flat out shoot the basketball he has an effortless shooting stroke and at times can be a great defender. He was very overlooked at Duke but I think he has the most potential out of all of the Duke prospects in the draft to be a immediate contributor, he can be a better version of Paul George because he’s already a better offensive talent then Paul George was as a rookie. My biggest concern with Reddish is that he’s very aloof at times on the court but I think being in a system like the Miami Heat he can develop into a superstar level player because they have the foundation and coaches to get the best out of their players.

 

2. Kevin Porter Jr.: Can be an elite scorer at the NBA level he’s a 6’6 SG crafty scorer and draws comparisons to James Harden.  He will be a lottery pick strictly based off potential because before he entered college many in NBA Draft circles had him going in the TOP 5. I will say this he can be one the big steals in the draft because he’s falling due to character concerns but I don’t have that issue with Porter JR. because he’s a young kid so yes he won’t make the best decisions at the present moment so we can give him a pass because he will mature as he gets older.

 

3. Bol-Bol: Based off purely measurables and game he should be a top 3 pick a 7’2 center who can stretch the floor and handle the ball with a 7’8 wingspan. He’s the definition of a boom or bust prospect because you can hit big with him or lose it all with the pick. If you can develop him, you have an unstoppable force at the 5 because his skill set would be unmatched and hard to defend for anyone. His length and height can make him an excellent defender and rim protector. He does have to develop his game more and also put on weight and he did have a foot injury that derail his college career and guys his size are know to have foot issues i.e. Yao Ming which foot injuries end his career and Joel Embiid did as well that stopped him from playing his first two years in the NBA. We do hope the kid has a healthy NBA career no matter where he lands. In all if Bol Bol lands in the right system that team gets a player with All-Star potential.

 

Miami Heat pre-draft tracker

Welcome, welcome, welcome to the official Miami Heat Beat pre-draft tracker. This story will be updated as new information becomes available on draft prospects the Miami Heat have conducted pre-draft workouts AND/OR interviews with.

Follow along as we keep tabs on who Miami might take at No. 13 on June 20 at the 2019 NBA Draft in New York.


Draft Chatter

Update (5/29): “The Heat has told people it wants to find athletic wing players who can shoot and defend, ideally in the 6-foot-6 range. But at No. 13, Miami would take a power rotation player if one is clearly ranked ahead of a wing, even though a wing is the preference,” according to Barry Jackson, Miami Herald.


Confirmed Player Meetings with the Heat:

• Bruno Fernando | Center, Maryland (first reported by David Wilson, Miami Herald)

• Naz Reid | Big, LSU (first reported by David Wilson, Miami Herald)

• Carsen Edwards | Point Guard, Purdue (first reported by David Wilson, Miami Herald)

• Ignas Brazdeikis | Forward, Michigan (first reported by David Wilson, Miami Herald)

• Grant Williams | Forward, Tennessee (first reported by David Wilson, Miami Herald)

• Terance Mann | Forward, Florida State (first reported by Ben Stinar, Amico Hoops)

• Ky Bowman | Guard, Boston College (first reported by Greg Sylvander, Miami Heat Beat)

Note: Above prospects are considered mid-to-late-first and second-round projections.


Confirmed Individual Player Workouts to be Hosted at Heat Facility in June:

• Brandon Clarke | Big, Gonzaga (first reported by Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel)

• Tyler Herro | Guard, Kentucky (first reported by John Alfes, Amico Hoops)

• Matt Mooney | Guard, Texas Tech (first reported by ESPN 99.1 FM in Sioux Falls, confirmed by Greg Sylvander, Miami Heat Beat)

• Kevin Porter Jr. | Guard, USC (first reported by Barry Jackson, Miami Herald)

• P.J. Washington | Forward, Kentucky (first reported by Barry Jackson, Miami Herald)

• Dewan Hernandez | Forward, Miami (first reported by Barry Jackson, Miami Herald)

• Kyle Allman | Guard, Cal State Fullerton (first reported by Harrison Faigen, SB Nation)


Pro Day Attendance (Agent Organized Workouts):

Priority Sports — Pro Day in Chicago, May 24 (per Chris Kouffman, Five Reasons Sports, and Barry Jackson, Miami Herald):

Miami Heat officials in attendance: Pat Riley, Nick Arison, and Chet Kammerer

• Brandon Clarke | Forward, Gonzaga

• Bruno Fernando | Center, Maryland

• Isaiah Roby | Forward, Nebraska

• Dylan Windler | Forward, Belmont

• Carsen Edwards | Guard, Purdue

• Admiral Schofield | Guard, Tennessee

• Ty Jerome | Guard, Virginia

• Ethan Happ | Forward, Wisconsin

• Max Strus | Guard, DePaul


Impact Basketball — Pro Day in Las Vegas, May 27 (per Brian Goins, Miami Heat Beat):

Miami Heat officials in attendance: Andy Elisburg and Adam Simon

• Nassir Little | Forward, North Carolina

• Mamadi Diakite | Big, Virginia

• Ky Bowman | Guard, Boston College

• Terence Davis | Guard, Ole Miss

• Zach Norvell | Guard, Gonzaga

• Ignas Brazdeikis | Forward, Michigan

• Charles Matthews | Guard, Michigan

• Miye Oni | Guard, Yale

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— Pro Day in Santa Monica, May 28 (per Greg Sylvander, Miami Heat Beat):

• Rui Hachimura | Forward, Gonzaga

• Nickeil Alexander-Walker | Guard, Virginia Tech

• De’Andre Hunter | Forward, Virginia

Klutch Sports — Pro Day in Los Angeles, May 28 (per Jonathan Givony, Draft Express):

Miami Heat officials in attendance: Erik Spoelstra and Pat Riley

• Darius Bazley | Forward, Princeton High School

• Donta Hall | Forward, Alabama

• Talen Horton-Tucker | Guard, Iowa State

Roc Nation Sports — Pro Day at Mamba Sports Academy in Los Angeles, May 28 (per Jonathan Givony, Draft Express):

Miami Heat officials in attendance: Erik Spoelstra, Pat Riley, and Adam Simon

• Kevin Porter Jr. | Guard, USC

• Zylan Cheatham | Forward, Arizona State


Notables

• Cam Reddish | Forward, Duke

• Kevin Porter Jr. | Guard, USC

Note: Both were slated to meet with the Heat at the combine, but did not, according to the Sun-Sentinel’s Ira Winderman.

• Nassir Little | Forward, North Carolina

• Romeo Langford | Guard, Indiana

Note: Both confirmed they did not meet with the Heat at the combine, as well, according to the Miami Herald’s David Wilson.

• DaQuan Jeffries | Forward, Tulsa

Note: Jeffries was invited for an individual workout, but a minor hip injury prevented it from taking place, according to the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson.

Can the Heat find another Justise or Bam at 13?

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.

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: