ORLANDO – Although most eyes will be cast toward free agency and the Heat’s pursuit of Gordon Hayward and others, several members of the coaching staff will be leading a team of young players in the first of two summer leagues in which Miami will participate.
Summer league head coach Chris Quinn and his staff put the 13-man roster through a mini-camp at the team’s facility in Miami that included five practices in three days.
“Camp has gone really well,” Quinn said Friday. “The three days have been highly competitive, a little different than some summer leagues. We only had 13 bodies. Lots of times we have a little bit more, so guys get a little more rest when they’re not playing.
“But these guys have brought it every day. We’re cramming a lot but they’re soaking it all in. And when we’re competitive in practice, everyone was very competitive.”
The rostersis highlighted by first-round pick Bam Adebayo of Kentucky and Okaro White, the only player who has logged minutes with the Heat.
Adebayo, a 6-foot-10 forward/center who was taken 14th overall, makes his unofficial debut in a Heat uniform Saturday when Miami opens play at the Amway Center Practice Court at 11 a.m. against Charlotte.
Quinn said all 13 players will see significant time throughout the next two weeks that includes at least five games in Orlando before Miami moves onto play in the Las Vegas summer league.
“It will be fluid,” Quinn said. “With only 13 guys, everyone’ll get a chance to play. And that’s what we want to see.
“We’ve proven that guys that don’t play the first game end up playing by the end of the week and those are sometimes the guys that last. So everyone will get a chance to show us what they can do.”
Quinn, and his staff of Juwan Howard, Octavio De La Grana and Eric Glass, certainly have stressed the Heat roster is full of players who came though the organization’s summer leagues, including White, Udonis Haslem, Tyler Johnson, Rodney McGruder and Willie Reed.
“A big part of our development program is not only with the players it’s with the staff,” Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra said. “Many of us have had an opportunity to get through the summer league program and we’ve all benefited from it.”