Expecting a lot from the Heat this summer? Pat Riley explains why it could be a quiet offseason. Here’s what Riley had to say …

Miami Heat president Pat Riley and Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra at Miami Heat training camp at FAU in Boca Raton in September. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

MIAMI — After a quiet draft night that included no Heat picks, Pat Riley walked to the AmericanAirlines Arena press conference room shortly after midnight Friday morning and spoke to the media for 16 minutes.

As usual, Riley had a lot to say. Here’s an overview of his comments …

* There were opportunities for the Heat to make a draft night move to get a pick, but they decided it wasn’t worth it. Riley said: “When you get into the second round, it’s like a lottery, it’s like a game of Monopoly, it’s not worth it. We feel like some of the players that were picked in the second round, and very good players, we already have a couple of [summer-league] players we know are going to sign after July 1, at least one.”

* While Justise Winslow was reportedly made available in trade discussions on draft night, Riley said that no Heat players (including Winslow) were offered in trades.

* Riley was non-committal when asked if the Heat would guarantee Rodney McGruder’s 2018-19 contract to bring him back next season. The Heat have until June 29 to guarantee his $1.5 million contract. “We have tight roster spots, so we’ll let you know with whatever options we have,” Riley said. “But we love Rodney, we love Rodney.”

* Riley was also non-committal when asked if the Heat would extend a qualifying offer to two-way contract player Derrick Walton Jr. after doing so with Derrick Jones Jr. last week. The Heat have until June 29 to extend the qualifying offer.

* Has Riley had any conversations with Dwyane Wade, who is contemplating retirement, recently? “I haven’t talked to Dwyane,” he said. “I’ve talked to his agent. I think now over the next nine days between now and July the 1st, now we can focus on all these things. We’ve shared texts. He’s communicated on a regular basis with a lot of people in the organization, but nothing has been decided with Dwyane. We want to have Dwyane back obviously, but there’s been no discussion about next year.”

* Riley on the status of the offseason intervention he suggested with Hassan Whiteside and Erik Spoelstra: “Two months ago I said that and there has been movement. I think you need to let a season sort of end and then you need to let how the season ended, which was, you know the season ended on a negative note. Not just for our players, they were disappointed, our coaches were disappointed. Any time you lose in the first round there’s a lot of emotion. Whatever happened then was two months ago, you move on and you make the best of it. I think that’s where we are right now.

“I expect a lot out of Hassan contrary to what people might think about us trading him. We haven’t offered him to anybody really, to be honest with you. So, you go through an emotional period with a player and you deal with it and you come back and you work things out.”

* Riley said there will be an offer on the table for Udonis Haslem to return next season. “Absolutely,” he said. “Both Udonis and Dwyane are, they’ve been together forever and they also deserve the respect to sit and wait on this thing. And so there’s no rush. Besides, he’s becoming a entrepreneur. I can’t even talk to him anymore. I can invest with him, but I can’t get in touch with him.”

* With the Heat capped out and close to the luxury-tax line, will this be a quiet summer for them? “We’re up against the tax,” Riley said. “We all know what the accounting situation is with us. So, when you’re a free agent player like we have been since 2006, 2010. You go after Kevin Durant, it was a long shot and we always thought big. You go after [Gordon] Hayward, we’ve always thought big. As soon as it didn’t happen with Hayward, we went right to Plan B and I think that’s where we are. We look at this as maybe a two-year run. We’re a playoff team, we’re a playoff contender. How are we going to improve? It’s going to be from within or the possibility of some transaction that might happen. It’s not going to be easy. But to answer your question, I think yes this could be – not a passive summer – but it might not be the kind of summer that you may think that something big can happen from that standpoint.”

* Riley said the Heat still hope to re-sign impending free agent Wayne Ellington this summer. “There’s no doubt that we want to keep him,” Riley said. “We’re going to try to find a way to do that. But we’re up against the tax. I think if you add up the numbers, you know what that means. But we’re going to do everything we can do to try to keep him. I know he would like to be here. I know we’d like to have him back.”

* Don’t expect the Heat to be part of any midnight meetings at the start of free agency this year. “I don’t know if there’s going to be any midnight meetings,” Riley said. “This might not be the year for us to do that. But we will plan. We’re already planning for the future like we did 2006 for 2010 and 2010, as soon as LeBron left, we were in it with Durant, we were in it for Hayward. I don’t think we’re going to be in it that way because we can’t. We don’t have the cap space and we’re up against the tax, so we have to do some other things in reversing that direction.”

* Dion Waiters recently underwent a CT scan on his surgically-repaired left ankle and the results were positive. But the Heat are still unsure if he will be available for the start of the training camp.

* Riley on the sports hernia James Johnson played through this past season: “A lot of players play with that. There are different injuries. I can’t speak as a practitioner, as a doctor, but groin injuries, the same injury that Chris Bosh had during the playoffs, Dion had his first year here and missed some time with it. James Johnson is as tough a player and person and mentally tough, physically tough. He plays through things all the time. I’m glad he was able to get it fixed. I do believe he will definitely be ready for training camp.”

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