Summer league about developing players, whether for the Heat or other organizations

Heat center Landry Nnoko and Kings forward Harry Giles reach for a rebound during the first half of a summer league game July 5 in Sacramento. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

LAS VEGAS – The Heat’s summer league roster has 14 players. Just two are under contract and guaranteed a job this season – Bam Adebayo and Derrick Jones Jr.

If any other player winds up in the Heat’s camp, or any other team’s, coach Eric Glass will feel a sense of satisfaction.

“It’s the tough part about it, you can’t take every guy and even some of the guys we’ve had on our main teams that have developed and gone on elsewhere you want to see them be successful,” Glass said. “When you’re competing against them you don’t, but every other time you want them to feel like you were a part of helping them on their journey.”

The Heat face Utah at 4:30 p.m. today. Miami is 2-3 during summer league, including 0-2 in Las Vegas. Jones has played just 7 ½ minutes in the two games in Las Vegas, sitting the first and coming out of the second after spraining his right ankle. He will not play today and could miss Miami’s final two games.

Adebayo will return today after not playing in Miami’s loss to Charlotte on Sunday.

The Heat’s player development is not just about seeing their players succeed, but others that might have started in the Heat’s summer camp or even regular season camp and are on another roster. That is why the staff, whether it’s Glass’ during summer league or Erik Spoelstra’s during the regular season, spends so much time with every player.

“All 14 of them each day, they’re focus is developing themselves as individuals and that’s through film sessions, through games, through practices, through chalk talks,” Glass said about the players on the summer league roster.

“It’s just trying to pick up as much information as you can, learning how to be a professional and hopefully we can find these guys some jobs so they can start their careers.”

Others who have had their moments during the last week:

Undrafted free agent Duncan Robinson out of Michigan, who has been the most impressive of the players not under contract. Robinson is averaging 12.4 points on 57.8 percent shooting (22 of 38), including 62.9 percent (17 of 27) on threes.

* Guard Daryl Macon, an undrafted free agent from Arkansas, had 17 points, six rebounds and five assists Sunday. Macon has 22 assists in four games including 11 in a win over the Lakers in Sacramento.

* Forward Yante Maten, the SEC’s player of the year from Georgia, had 25 points and 13 rebounds in the Heat’s two wins in Sacramento. He has struggled some in Las Vegas but had 10 rebounds in the two losses.

* Guard Rashad Vaughn, the 17th overall pick in the 2015 draft, has 27 points in the two games in Las Vegas. Vaughn, who has played for three NBA teams in his two seasons, played one season at UNLV before entering the draft.

* Center Landry Nnoko, the 2017-18 G League Defensive Player of the Year, had 12 points and 13 rebounds against Charlotte. Forward/center Jarrod Jones, who has played the last six seasons in Europe, had 15 points and 12 rebounds against New Orleans.

* Guard Derrick Walton Jr., who spent last year splitting time between the Heat and Sioux Falls while in a two-way contract, has struggled with his shot. In four games he is 9-of-42 from the field (.214) and 3-of-24 on threes (.125).

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Why have the Heat been so quiet since start of free agency? An explanation of what’s handcuffing them

Miami’s Hassan Whiteside, Tyler Johnson and Bam Adebayo react during the fourth quarter of the Heat’s Game 4 loss against Philadelphia Miami on Saturday. (Pedro Portal/El Nuevo Herald/TNS)

MIAMI — The looming threat of the luxury tax has seemed to handcuff the Heat so far this offseason.

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Derrick Jones Jr. credits Heat for holding him to ‘higher standard;’ Bam talks about playing ‘UD role’

Miami Heat guard Derrick Jones Jr., left, and Golden State Warriors forward Marcus Derrickson battle for rebounding position during a summer league game last week in Sacramento. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

LAS VEGAS – Derrick Jones Jr. will not play Tuesday when the Heat face Utah in their third game in the Las Vegas summer league, but the Heat have seen all they need from this jumping-jack forward.

Jones sprained his ankle in Sunday’s loss to the Hornets. Although the Heat list him as day-to-day, it’s doubtful Jones will play again in Las Vegas. Miami already has seen Jones’ game and confidence progress, something he says that has come because of demands that are non-negotiable with the Heat.

“I work harder than I did ever in my life when I’m with this team,” Jones said after the Heat’s practice Monday on the UNLV campus, where he spent one year of college. “They hold you to a higher standard. It’s like everybody in the organization is working hard so you don’t want to be that one guy that’s singled out – ‘He’s just in here BS-ing it and going half-ass.’

“I want to be that one that they say ‘Yeah, he’s in here every day, he’s working hard, he wants to be better.’ That’s the player I planned on being. That’s the player I am now.”

But Jones, 21, blames himself. He joined the Phoenix Suns at 19 after going undrafted out of UNLV. He played in just 36 games with the Suns over about 1 ½ years before being waived. He signed to a two-way contract with the Heat on Dec. 31.

During his time with Suns, Jones was assigned or recalled from their G League team 23 times.

“I should have held myself (with more) accountability when I was in Phoenix.” Jones said. “But I was a young kid, fresh out of college. I just had turned 19 years old. It’s something that I should have been doing. I’m doing it now.

“I realized I had to work harder. I feel like I’m one of the hardest working players on the team. I’m going to keep it going until whenever my day is done. I want to be able to feel like I worked my tail off every day, never took any days off.”

The Heat saw that commitment and rewarded Jones with a two-year standard contract he signed less than two weeks ago.

“This summer he really took it upon himself to get in the gym and work and grind,” Heat summer league coach Eric Glass said. “He became obsessed with the game. He just dominated every game he was in whether it was on the offensive boards, on the defensive end, his leadership, his attacking, he was on a different level than most of the other guys on the court and were really happy to see that.”

Jones averaged 21.3 points on 22-of-42 shooting in the three summer league games in Sacramento last week. He added 22 rebounds, six steals and four blocks.

Glass said Bam Adebayo will return for Tuesday’s 4:30 p..m. game after getting a break on Sunday. Adebayo said he played the “UD” role, referring to veteran Udonis Haslem who has been a leader and mentor in the Heat locker room for several years.

“They wanted me to be the UD of the team,” Adebayo said. “UD sits over there to be vocal and be loud, just help everybody out when they come off the court.”

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Is ‘elite shooter’ Duncan Robinson a candidate for Heat two-way contract?

Miami Heat forward Duncan Robinson drives against Los Angeles Lakers guard Jeffrey Carroll during a  summer league game in Sacramento last week. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

LAS VEGAS – The Miami Heat should make a decision on at least one of their two-way contracts soon after summer league ends.

“I think we’re probably leaning to maybe get a two-way done sometime after summer league and then we might keep one open just because we like the flexibility,” said Chet Kammerer, the organization’s vice president of player personnel.

“But we’ll have to wait and see how it goes. That’s some of our thinking now. We might hold one. Because it worked. As it turned out it proved pretty valuable.”

Last year the Heat signed Derrick Walton Jr. to a two-way contract and then Matt Williams. Williams was then released to make room for Derrick Jones Jr., who was signed to a standard contract a little more than a week ago. Jones has been a star for the Heat this summer before spraining his right ankle in Sunday’s loss to the Hornets.

The two-way contract, which under the current rules meant a player could not spend more than 45 days in the NBA while playing the rest of the season in the G League, does not have to come from the team’s summer league roster. Any player not under a standard contract playing in the summer league can be signed by any team.

The Heat, though, may have one player in mind and could move quick to sign him to a two-day.

Duncan Robinson, an undrafted rookie out of Michigan, has shown why he finished his career with the fourth-most 3-pointers in Wolverines history. Robinson, who has started all five Heat games, is averaging 12.4 points on 57.8 percent shooting (22 of 38), including 62.9 percent (17 of 27) on threes.

Coach Eric Glass said Robinson, a 6-foot-8 small forward, was high on Kammerer’s list when the draft ended and that Kammerer “doesn’t miss on too many guys.” Kammerer added Miami had several players it liked that it did not get, but were happy to receive a commitment from Robinson.

“He was high on our list,” Kammerer said. “We liked him a lot. His ability to shoot. We talked to (Erik) Spoelstra. He talked about the one quality he likes the most or wants the most is shooters. To me he’s an elite shooter and he’s proven that so far here.”

Kammerer has been impressed with more than just Robinson’s shot. Robinson has said he felt like he “was labeled” at Michigan and is hoping to show he is more than a jump shooter.

“I think he’s done a little bit more than we anticipated,” Kammerer said. “He’s had two dunks now off the dribble in the half court, which were kind of unexpected. And (Saturday) he had six rebounds in 20 minutes. Those are big factors.

“You look for other things. The more diverse his game is, is helpful for him. Still the key is for him to make shots. That’s why he is valued as a player is his ability to stroke the ball and the fact that he’s not 6-3. You like guys who are a little longer.”

The Heat are 2-3 in summer league (2-1 in Sacramento and 0-2 in Las Vegas). They are off today and resume at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday against Utah at the Thomas & Mack Center on the UNLV campus.

The organization is not just evaluating the 14 players on its roster. Miami has divided the scouting duties between Kammerer, assistant general manager Adam Simon and Keith Askins, the director of college and pro scouting. By the end of the week the three will have seen all 30 teams at least once.

“I think at this point we’re looking at the rosters of other teams. Derrick Walton didn’t play for us (last summer) he played for another team,” Kammerer said. “We’re here evaluating other players we think could be a good fit for us. … We’ll definitely have a good feel for everybody by the end of the week.”

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Without LeBron in East, Josh Richardson believes Heat can go much further in playoffs

The Miami Heat’s Josh Richardson leaps past the Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid for a basket during Game 4 of the first-round of the playoffs. (Charles Trainor Jr./Miami Herald/TNS)

LAS VEGAS – A lot has changed in the NBA in the last 10 days with several big-name players changing teams and many more still out there looking for deals.

The biggest was LeBron James leaving Cleveland and heading to Los Angeles. James’ departure means a shift in power in the East, something the Miami Heat hope to take advantage of.

“I think it’s open,” Heat forward Josh Richardson said. “The last decade basically it’s been LeBron out of the East every year. I feel like everybody feels they kind of have a clean slate to go ahead and attack this year with more of an open chance.”

And that means the Heat. Richardson and Kelly Olynyk are among the several players in Las Vegas to attend summer league games and check in on Tuesday’s players association meetings.

Richardson was asked what surprised him most about free agency and it wasn’t James’ decision to leave his old team rather one player’s decision to stay with his old team.

“The biggest thing that surprised me, probably (Paul George) staying in Oklahoma City,” he said. “I thought he was leaving.”

Olynyk agrees the conference is more open but he warns a lot of teams are hunting to replace the Cavaliers in the Finals. Cleveland has come out of the East four consecutive years, a streak that matches Miami’s from 2011-2014 when James played for the Heat.

“It definitely opens up a little bit, but there’s still a lot of great teams,” Olynyk said. “It’s only one player gone.”

Could one of those be the Miami Heat? The Heat have been quiet during free agency, which was not unexpected. Miami entered $18 million over the salary cap and Pat Riley knew if he were going to make any moves it would have to be through trades and, so far, none have materialized.

Still, the Heat, including Richardson and Olynyk, believe Miami has enough within to improve from its 44-win 2017-18 season, which had them No. 6 in the East. Miami then lost to Philadelphia in five games in the first round of the playoffs.

“I think we’re still a playoff team in the East, definitely,” Olynyk said. “We have a way to go. But if we keep building on last year and hopefully improve. … take our shot at it.”

Richardson took that one step further.

“Yeah, definitely,” Richardson said. “We felt like that last year. With No. 23 out of there it’s a little tough but I think we’re contenders.”

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Mailbag: Why is it taking so long for the Heat to re-sign Wayne Ellington?

Miami Heat’s Wayne Ellington (2) attempts a three-point basket as New York Knicks’ Frank Ntilikina, of France, defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

MIAMI — It’s time for another Heat mailbag.

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Derrick Jones Jr. is likely through for summer league after spraining right ankle in Heat’s loss to Hornets

Forward Derrick Jones Jr., shown here during the Heat’s victory over the Kings in Sacramento on Thursday, left Sunday’s game in Las Vegas with a sprained right ankle. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

LAS VEGAS – For 7 ½ minutes, the Heat’s Derrick Jones Jr. entertained the Cox Pavillion crowd Sunday with an assortment of dunks – either attacking the basket with the ball in his hands or by throwing down teammate’s miss on the put back.

But late in the first quarter those “oohs” and “aahs” turned to cringes after Jones rolled his ankle and was helped off the court.

The early diagnoses is a sprained right ankle and Jones did not return for the Heat’s 94-90 loss to the Hornets. Jones likely will not play again in summer league.

Jones was injured when he went up to block a shot and landed on somebody’s foot. He emerged from the locker room following the game with just a brace on his ankle. He said he still felt pain but was never concerned it was anything worse.

“It’s not something that I can’t tolerate,” he said. “Ankle sprains happen. It’s the game of basketball. So you’ve got to do what you can do.”

Coach Eric Glass was disappointed, especially after Jones’ start. He made all four of his shots including three dunks and a 3-pointer.

“He was on his way to a game, so it’s sort of disappointing,” Glass said. “We’ll see how he is tomorrow.”

Jones has been Miami’s best player during their first week of summer league games after signing a two-year contract on June 30. He averaged 21.3 points on 22-of-42 shooting in the three games in Sacramento, adding 22 rebounds, six steals and four blocks. He did not in the Heat’s first game in Las Vegas, a 110-84 loss to the Pelicans on Saturday.

Jones’ athletic ability was a big hit with the crowds in both cities with several highlight reel dunks that brought the fans out of their seats. One of those to see a big improvement is his Heat teammate, Josh Richardson.

“He’s been aggressive, attacking the rim,” said Richardson, who has been at Miami’s two games in Las Vegas. “His jump shot looks a lot better. He’s been knocking threes down. I’m proud of the work he’s put in.”

Daryl Macon led the Heat with 17 points Sunday as Glass gave Bam Adebayo the game off. Adebayo had played in four straight games.

After calling Saturday’s loss to New Orleans “embarrassing,” Glass was much happier with the effort Sunday.

“We had an overall presence on the court,” he said. “We had much better connection. We had much, much better communication. Our effort was better.

“It’s never going to be perfect, especially in summer league. There’s a lot of moving parts, a lot of new things. But that was a Miami Heat performance tonight. The last game I don’t know what that was.”

Landry Nnoko had 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Heat. Rashad Vaughn added 16 points.

The Heat (2-3 in summer league, 0-2 in Las Vegas) are off Monday. They return to action at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday against Utah.

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Tom Crean says Dwyane Wade has ‘plenty left in the tank,’ but does he think he’ll return to the Heat?

Dwyane Wade is deciding whether to retire or return for a 16th season. (Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS – Tom Crean, one of Dwyane Wade’s confidants and his former coach at Marquette, has told his former player he hopes he returns to the Miami Heat.

And while Crean isn’t sure if Wade will retire or return for a 16th season, there is one thing he is sure about.

“I think there’s still plenty left in the tank for him, no doubt in my mind,” Crean said today from the Las Vegas summer league.

The option comes from spending time with Wade before training camp last season and watching him play for Cleveland and then the Heat, who reacquired Wade on Feb. 8.

“I saw him last summer and I thought going into training camp he was ahead of where he was going back to the year LeBron (James) left,” Crean said. James left the Heat in the summer of 2014.

“I thought he was at that point. He works on his game, he works constantly on it, he gets better, his energy is high, he’s done such a great job of training. I think he looks really good.”

Although Wade has not announced whether he is returning, his social media accounts are full of posts of him working out this summer.

Wade embraced his role coming off the bench last season. He averaged 12.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 21 games before being one of the Heat’s better players in the postseason. Wade was Miami’s second leading scorer at 16.6 points per game in their five-game series loss to the Sixers.

“I think Dwyane is capable of so many different roles that he’s always going to put the winning role first,” Crean said. “If there was any doubt (if he’d come off the bench) there was absolutely zero doubt once he went back to Miami and did that.

“He’s always been about winning and you go back into that environment with a young team and you’re doing what is needed for the team to win and make the playoffs, that shows you’re about winning more than anything else. He loves the Heat but he loves winning more than anything else.”

As far as Wade’s decision, Crean said: “I think he’ll make his decision based on the different circumstances that come with it. I, for one, hope that he’s going to continue to play. He knows that but I don’t have a vote. I just have an opinion.”

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Heat president Pat Riley still has some decisions to make this summer. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS – More than one week into the start of a new NBA fiscal year and, as expected, the Miami Heat remain the same team they were when free agency kicked off July 1.

The Heat are one of the handful of teams who have yet to make a move since the calendar turned to July. The only announcement coming from the Heat in recent weeks was the signing of forward Derrick Jones Jr. to a standard NBA contract.

But any future moves by president Pat Riley will be made with the luxury tax in mind. With about $120 million committed to 11 players for the upcoming season, Miami is about $4 million away from crossing that luxury tax threshold and that is something the Heat would like to avoid, especially for a team that is not a contender.

The luxury tax comes into play in several scenarios.

The Heat are one of three teams that have been linked to Carmelo Anthony, who will part ways with Oklahoma City. If the Thunder is unable to trade Anthony, who is due $27.9 million this season, he could be available for a minimum contract. The Heat’s issue is two-fold: Where would Anthony fit in with a roster that is deep with rotational players and where does Miami stand with Wayne Ellington?

Ellington remains a free agent, and the top unrestricted free agent according to some. The fact that Ellington, one of the top 3-point threats in a league that values 3-point shooters, remains on the market is surprising. The Heat could still be hoping to make a trade to shed some salary to bring back Ellington at a higher price (but certainly not close to the $10.9 million they could pay him). If not, will Ellington settle for something close to the $6.3 million he made last season, whether it is with the Heat or another team?

For every dollar the Heat exceeds the $123.733 million luxury tax threshold up to $4,999,999 they pay a tax rate of $1.50. From $5 million to $9,999,999 over they pay a tax rate of $1.75, from $10 million to $14,999,999 they pay a tax rate of $2.50.

If the Heat matches Ellington’s contract from last season and pays him $6.3 million, he would in essence cost them about $9.8 million because of their luxury tax bill. If they were to give him his max of $10.9 million he would cost them more than $23 million.

That is not happening.

And remember, money has dried up around the league. Just three teams – Atlanta, Brooklyn and Sacramento – have space remaining of any significant. With all three building with youth, it is unlikely they would have a need to sign the 30-year-old Ellington?

One caveat: Every team has until the end of the season to get back under the luxury tax line. So, Miami could be willing to go over that line at the start of the season to a certain point with the confidence they can make moves by the trading deadline to get back under.

Other things to watch as the summer progresses when it comes to the Heat:

Kawhi Leonard: This story will not go away even though many believe Leonard could play out the year in San Antonio. Still, talks can continue for months, which means we will be hearing Leonard rumors throughout the summer. Whether the Spurs turn to the Heat and the Heat are willing to give up most of their good young players remains to be seen.

Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem: Both players are contemplating retirement and the Heat are awaiting their decisions. Haslem would return on a $2.4 million veterans minimum and the Associated Press reported Wade is seeking the Heat’s $5.4 million mid-level exception. That decision could be tied to what happens with Ellington and any luxury tax implications.

Hassan Whiteside: It is looking more and more unlikely that the Heat are able to move Whiteside and the remaining $52.5 million on his contract. Two teams that could have been trade partners for a 7-foot center came off the board this weekend. The Trail Blazers brought back Jusuf Nurkic on a four-year, $48 million contract on Saturday and today it is being reported the Bucks are signing Brook Lopez to a one year deal.

Veteran minimums: The Heat already have too many rotational players but Riley still will look for any bargains that might fit this roster. And several intriguing names remain on the market including Parker, Marcus Smart, Isaiah Thomas and Rodney Hood. Parker, Smart and Hood are restricted. The possibility of any landing with Miami is remote unless moves are made to free up cap and roster space.

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No one will ever see John Crotty’s debut as the Heat TV analyst

Heat broadcasters Eric Reid and John Crotty having a dry run at the Suns-Kings game Saturday. (Photo Miami Heat)

LAS VEGAS – John Crotty is getting his first taste as the Miami Heat’s new TV analyst during summer league, but nobody is going to see it.

Crotty and Heat play-by-play announcer Eric Reid will work four games from the Thomas & Mack Center this weekend, complete with director and producer, as a dry run. The broadcasts are not televised but the audio will be analyzed and scrutinized to help Crotty and Reid prepare for their first season together.

“Chemistry is a big part of what we do on the air,” Crotty said. “I recognized that when I was doing radio as well as in the studio and it will be the same with Eric. This is the first step.”

The two worked the Sacramento-Phoenix and Cleveland-Chicago games at the Las Vegas summer league Saturday. They will work two more contests Sunday. They were unable to do a Heat game because Miami’s first two were in the smaller arena.

The broadcast was as real-life as possible with the director and producer talking in their ear. It just wasn’t on camera.

“It will be more just the cadence of getting used to the back and forth,” said Crotty, who is replacing Tony Fiorentino. The Heat announced in June that 2017-18 would be Fiorentino’s final season in a role he held for 14 years.

Crotty, 48, has worked as the radio analyst for 12 years alongside play-by-play man Mike Inglis, mostly for home games, and as a TV studio analyst for six years. The Heat have not named a TV studio analyst to replace Crotty.

Crotty also has some experience doing television as a college analyst for Fox.

“I feel like I’ve done a little bit of every medium,” Crotty said. “The difference will be since everything’s on the air, I don’t have to help describe the action. Now it’s more about the how and why it happened. Why did the guy get open to take that shot? And maybe, too, describe the strategies that are taking place by both teams and maybe why a certain trend is working more on the court or why a particular play is working.

“That will be the fun part for me and hopefully I can articulate it in a way that people understand and find interesting.”

Crotty also will bring the player perspective after spending 11 years in the NBA, including 1996-97 with the Heat, and having experienced every emotion from being a rotation player to having to survive on a 10-day contract.

“I have a lot of different perspectives I think I can bring to the broadcast,” Crotty said.

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