Ready for Miami Heat summer-league basketball? Here’s the full roster and more info to know

MIAMI — With the NBA draft now in the rearview mirror, the start of summer-league basketball is just days away.

And the Heat’s summer-league team should not be overlooked. Tyler Johnson, Okaro White, Udonis Haslem, Rodney McGruder and Willie Reed are all undrafted prospects who went through Miami’s summer-league program before eventually earning a spot on the Heat’s regular-season roster.

This year’s Heat summer-league roster was unveiled Wednesday and it includes one player from the Heat’s season-ending roster — White — and first-round pick Bam Adebayo. Chris Quinn, who entered the NBA as an undrafted free-agent point guard with Miami in 2006, will coach the Heat’s summer-league teams in Orlando and Las Vegas.

Head coach Erik Spoelstra of the Miami Heat talks with Okaro White #15 while playing the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena on March 6, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. Miami won the game 106-98. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

“It’s exciting for me, individually, and also a huge responsibility,” Quinn said after the Heat’s first summer-league practice Wednesday. “Summer league is not something we take lightly. Obviously, we have a couple of guys on our roster, a first-round draft pick. But for everyone on our roster, it’s an extremely important time of their lives and we’re trying to develop and grow and get everyone better, players and staff.”

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Quinn, 33, has spent three seasons on Miami’s coaching staff, including time with the organization’s affiliate in the NBA Development League, the Sioux Falls Skyforce. But this is Quinn’s first stint as Miami’s summer-league coach, with fellow Heat assistant coach Juwan Howard leading the team’s summer program last year.

“A big part of our development program is not only with the players, it’s with the staff,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Wednesday. “Many of us have had an opportunity to get through the summer-league program and we’ve all benefited from it. Coach Quinn has been so instrumental with our player development the last couple of years. Before that, he already had quality bench assistant coaching experience in Sioux Falls. … There is nothing like sitting in that seat and making decisions. This will be a great opportunity for the next three weeks. He’s more than ready and he showed it already in the first practice.”

As usual, the Heat will take part in both the Orlando and Las Vegas summer-league circuits.

Miami begins summer-league play in Orlando at the Amway Center on the Magic’s practice court on Saturday at 11 a.m. against the Hornets’ summer-league roster. The Heat will play five games (vs. Hornets on Saturday at 11 a.m.; vs. Magic on Sunday at 3 p.m.; vs. Pacers on July 3 at 5 p.m.; vs. Pistons on July 4 at 1 p.m.; TBD on championship day on July 6) during the six-day event.

After Orlando, the Heat open summer-league play in Las Vegas on July 8 against the Spurs’ summer-league roster in a matchup televised on ESPNU. Miami will play a tournament style schedule, with a champion being crowned on July 17.

Along with Adebayo and White, the Heat’s summer-league roster includes forward/center Zach Auguste, guard Gian Clavell, forward Zak Irvin, center Eric Mika, forward Lamond Murray Jr., guard Jake Odum, center Norvel Pelle, guard London Perrantes, guard Justin Robinson, forward Sebastian Saiz, forward/guard Shavon Shields (will only play for Heat’s summer league team in Las Vegas), and guard Matt Williams.

The Heat’s summer-league team began practicing Wednesday and will also practice Thursday and Friday. Haslem was in attendance at AmericanAirlines Arena for the first session and spoke to the team.

“It means a lot,” White said of having Haslem at Wednesday morning’s practice. “And I know it means a lot for the guys that are here. I remember the first time I met UD and how in-tune I was with every word he was saying. But I’m also a Florida guy, so just growing up I always heard about UD. So I know it means a lot. When he was talking with us, when he was ready to break it down everybody was saying, ‘OG, OG.’ I know it means a lot when UD steps into the gym.”

As an undrafted free agent who had to fight for a spot in the NBA, Haslem is an example of what an impressive summer-league stint can turn into. For Haslem, it’s earned him a 14-year NBA career and he’s now preparing for his 15th season.

“It makes you pay attention and listen to him,” White said of Haslem’s journey. “That’s a guy who came from nothing. Everything he has, he worked for and busted his behind. It means a lot that you can see a guy and you know that you can fight your way into the NBA just like he did.”

Full Miami Heat summer-league roster (Courtesy of the Miami Heat)

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