MIAMI – The Miami Heat had offers from teams willing to unload their second round pick late in Thursday’s draft but Pat Riley saw no reason to spend the money.
“Why?” Riley said following the draft in which the Heat’s only pick was Kentucky’s Bam Adebayo with No. 14 overall.
“For $3.5 million? You’re dropping $3.5 mil on the 50th pick, let’s get real here.”
The Heat actually had $3.1 million available to buy a pick and despite the addition of the two-way contracts in which each team will have two players in the developmental league under their control, the Heat saw no reason to come away with another pick.
“If we felt there was somebody that we needed. … We like our roster,” Riley said. “What I don’t want to do is just take a second-round pick unless we really like somebody. There’s some pretty good players there. But it wasn’t the fact that we wouldn’t pay ($3.1) million for the pick we just said we’re going to take one player in the draft unless something else happens via trade.
“We had a number of other offers that were sort of ridiculous from a one-way standpoint against us and people what they’re asking for. We said no to that.”
The Heat will find their two-way players and others, a process that started weeks ago by contacting agents about potential undrafted free agents.
Those players, along with Adebayo and likely Okaro White, who was promoted from Sioux Falls midway through last season and finished out the year with the Heat, will fill out the team’s roster for the Orlando and Las Vegas summer leagues.