Are the Miami Heat trying to move into the first-round of tonight’s draft?

The NBA draft is hours away and the Miami Heat could jump back into the game.

According to Sports Illustrated the Heat are looking into acquiring a first-round pick in tonight’s draft.

Miami currently is without a pick, its first rounder being sent to Phoenix in 2015 as part of the Goran Dragic trade (that turned out to be No. 16) and its second rounder being dealt to Memphis and now belonging to Houston.

But the Heat could have several possible trade partners when it comes to acquiring a pick in the first round. Five teams – Phoenix, Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia and the Clippers – have multiple picks in the first round, with the Hawks owning three.

Additionally, Memphis is willing to deal the No. 4 overall pick, but the remaining $49.2 million on Chandler Parson’s contract must be part of the deal. Several teams reportedly are engaged in talks with the Grizzlies, the Heat do not appear to be among them.

More realistic trading partners could be the Clippers with the 12th and 13th pick, the Hawks could be swayed to move the 19th or 30th pick (Atlanta also has No. 3); the Bulls, who have the seventh and 22nd pick or the 76ers, who own the 10th and 26th picks.

Some of these teams, though, could be looking to package their picks to move up in the draft.

The Heat would have to get creative. Miami is not going to give away a player like Josh Richardson, Bam Adebayo or Justise Winslow for a mid- to low-first round pick unless it is part of a much bigger trade that involves other assets coming back to the Heat.

Miami, though, can use its 2019 first-round pick as an enticement if it chooses. If the Heat make any deal that involves next year’s pick it cannot be announced until after the draft, which is when Miami is allowed to trade that pick.

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