The Miami Heat have made their own guys a priority in free agency.
While some expect a trade could still be in the works for Kevin Durant and/or Donavan Mitchell, the Heat might be waiting to pull the trigger because of the success that their summer league team is having.
Despite first-round pick Nikola Jovic going scoreless in his first 14 minutes of the Vegas summer classic, the Heat were able to maintain a sizable lead throughout Saturday’s matchup and defeat the Boston Celtics 88-78.
While their backcourt depth continues to look balanced, there was also great production from their frontcourt which allowed Miami to seal the victory.
All eyes are on Center Orlando Robinson as he continues to play a critical role for Miami this summer. The mobile and agile big man keeps on playing at a high level and after agreeing to a deal, the Heat’s latest Exhibit 10 signee added 12 points with eight rebounds and two rejections against Boston.
The 22-year-old not only looks the part at 7’0 235 pounds but also has the standing reach (9’2) that you look for in an elite NBA player.
His play in the Summer league could help him find a roster spot but he will have to beat out Omer Yurtseven for the third center spot after Dewayne Dedmon was resigned and Bam Adebayo is playing under a max contract.
Marcus Garrett, Haywood Highsmith, and Orlando Robinson are all playing at an extremely high level right now and there’s nobody better than Pat Riley and Eric Spoelstra to find those diamonds in the rough. It will be interesting to see how their play is moving forward and if all three can crack the roster before the season starts.