By Richard Nurse @blackirishpr on June 25, 2014
There has been so much talk about the Decision 2.0 that the Miami Heat’s draft strategy has gone fairly unknown. That said, the team has given fans clues about what might transpire on draft day. With that in mind, here is list of five last-minute whispers about what the Heat might do with their first-round pick.
All signs point to the Miami Heat coveting the kid who LeBron James claimed should be selected before every other point guard in the lottery. But with Shabazz Napier being invited to be in the NBA Draft green room, it is highly unlikely that this year’s national champion will be around by the time the Heat make their pick at No. 26.
The more realistic choice that has been constantly mentioned to drop near the ex-champs is UCLA’s 6-foot-9 point forward, Kyle Anderson.
In the words of ESPN’s draft expert Chad Ford, “After watching the way Boris Diaw carved them up in the NBA Finals, finding a Diaw clone might be exactly what the Heat need.”
"At this point," Kammerer said, "I think we'd like to add someone that can be on our roster, that would be a rookie." (South Florida Sun-Sentinel)
In this case, the key words are “at this point.”
Miami could choose to draft a player and stash him overseas in order to protect themselves from having a rookie contract take away from their available free agent money, similar to what they did last season with James Ennis.
Kammerer's insistence that the Heat draft someone who can “contribute immediately” sparked rumors about them adding a defensive-minded rival.
"Should the Heat retain all three …" said the South Florida Sun-Sentinel's Ira Winderman, "... there then could be benefit in trading the pick for a veteran, with several reports Monday of interest by the New York Knicks in dealing guard Iman Shumpert for a first-round pick in the Heat's draft range.”
While many mock drafts have pointed towards a rugged rebounder like Mitch McGary, the latest buzz has Miami looking at a 6-foot-5 Missouri combo-guard Jordan Clarkson, whose size, athleticism and jump shot have him steadily climbing up the boards.
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