Miami sent that selection and another first-rounder to Cleveland on a sign-and-trade for James in 2010 (it gave the Heat the ability to sign him to a six-year deal at a higher salary, which he opted out of after four years, making that whole maneuver pretty much unnecessary). The pick was flipped to Minnesota, which sent it too the 76ers, and Philadelphia used it tonight to take Timothe Luwawu at No. 24 overall.
As far as their own team is concerned, the Heat were fine going into tonight’s NBA Draft without any picks. That confidence is in part because they nailed last year’s draft with the pick-ups of Justise Winslow and Josh Richardson.
How exactly does an NBA organization prepare for the draft when it doesn’t have any picks? They pretend.
Calling it pretending is in exaggeration, but the Heat have been operating as though they have picks even though they don’t. Miami is one of five teams that goes into Thursday’s draft without any selections.