2016 NBA Draft: 5 undrafted players the Miami Heat could pursue

Prince Ibeh #44 of the Texas Longhorns reacts in the second half against the Northern Iowa Panthers during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Chesapeake Energy Arena on March 18, 2016 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Prince Ibeh #44 of the Texas Longhorns reacts in the second half against the Northern Iowa Panthers during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Chesapeake Energy Arena on March 18, 2016 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

The Heat ended the 2016 NBA Draft with no picks. But now Miami has a chance to add some new faces from the pile of prospects who went undrafted.

Here are five undrafted players the Heat could go after … Continue reading “2016 NBA Draft: 5 undrafted players the Miami Heat could pursue”

2016 NBA Draft: Three guys who could’ve helped Miami Heat at No. 24

There is no valid criticism of a deal that brings in LeBron James, so the Heat can live with losing their first-round pick in tonight’s draft.

Brice Johnson would've been an option for Heat if they'd kept their first-round pick in tonight's draft. (Getty Images)
Brice Johnson would’ve been an option for Heat if they’d kept their first-round pick in tonight’s draft. (Getty Images)

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.

Nonetheless, if Miami hadn’t surrendered the pick, here are three guys it could have had:
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2016 NBA Draft: Three moves that get Miami Heat’s attention

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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.

The Celtics finished with the same record as Miami last year and got a head start on 2016-17 with Thursday's move. (Getty Images)
The Celtics finished with the same record as Miami last year and got a head start on 2016-17 with tonight’s addition of Jaylen Brown. (Getty Images)

Still, any gain by the competition is a loss for Miami. As it sat idle during the draft, several teams it’s trying to outrun made what appear to be significant improvements. Here are the three that have the biggest impact on the Heat:
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What have the Miami Heat done in past drafts with no picks during the Pat Riley era?

Pat Riley and the Heat enter the 2016 draft without a pick. (Getty Images)
Pat Riley and the Heat enter the 2016 draft without a pick. (Getty Images)

For the fourth time during the Pat Riley era, the Heat enter the draft without a pick.

Along with the 2016 draft, Miami also didn’t have a pick in the 2013, 2006 and 1996 drafts. But the Heat still came away from a few of those drafts with a new player. Continue reading “What have the Miami Heat done in past drafts with no picks during the Pat Riley era?”

Top 5 undrafted free agents in Miami Heat history

Udonis Haslem #40 of the Miami Heat reacts after a basket in the third quarter against the Indiana Pacers during Game Five of the Eastern Conference Finals at AmericanAirlines Arena on May 30, 2013 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Udonis Haslem #40 of the Miami Heat reacts after a basket in the third quarter against the Indiana Pacers during Game Five of the Eastern Conference Finals at AmericanAirlines Arena on May 30, 2013 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

The Heat enter Thursday’s NBA Draft with no picks.

But after the draft, expect Miami to be very active in search of promising undrafted players. The Heat have had some luck in the past with undrafted free agents. Continue reading “Top 5 undrafted free agents in Miami Heat history”

2016 NBA Draft: How the Miami Heat prepare with no picks

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How exactly does an NBA organization prepare for the draft when it doesn’t have any picks? They pretend.

Ben Simmons is expected to be the No. 1 pick by Philadelphia. (Getty Images)
Ben Simmons is expected to be the No. 1 pick by Philadelphia. (Getty Images)

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.

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