Many sources around the Miami Heat are saying that if the team decides not to trade pick 27, they will most likely select a forward or stretch 4 in the NBA draft.
“I think this is a pretty deep draft class in the sense that a lot of players entered the draft that probably should have gone back to school if they wanted to enter the NBA on the red carpet in terms of having great momentum going into the draft,” ESPN NBA Draft analyst Jonathan Givony said to the Miami Herald.
International prospect Nikola Jovic, Wake Forest’s Jake LaRavia, Baylor’s Kendall Brown and Milwaukee’s Patrick Baldwin Jr. Arizona’s Dalen Terry, Nebraska’s Bryce McGowens, MarJon Beauchamp of the G League Ignite, Duke’s Trevor Keels, Santa Clara’s Jalen Williams, Michigan’s Caleb Houstan, USC’s Isaiah Mobley and Kansas’ Christian Braun are some of the names expected to be on the board when the Heat are on the clock.
Expect Miami to take a long look at Christian Braun after he showed a 40 inch vertical at a combine workout. The former Jayhawk played well on both sides of the ball and has the length you would look for in a small forward.
The Heat will need to look for a developmental prospect on a team-friendly contract who could also serve as depth this upcoming season. This is significant because the Heat aren’t expected to have any cap space as the team approaches free agency.
With Bam Adebayo, Duncan Robinson, and Jimmy Butlers contracts taking up most of the teams cap, Miami must once again find value with a late pick in the draft.
Miami found Tyler Herro and Bam Adebayo in the first round of previous drafts but many are wondering if Pat Riley will package it to acquire another star to help Jimmy Butler.
Stay tuned as we get ready for the NBA Draft this Thursday night and be sure to get all your Miami Heat news right here on Fox Sports 640!