Miami Heat’s summer roster has NBA experience
07/03/2013 12:01 AM
09/08/2014 6:47 PM
The Heat’s summer league roster includes one player on this past season’s team ( Jarvis Varnado), five others with NBA experience and rookie second-round pick James Ennis, acquired from Atlanta on draft night. Dan Craig, a Heat assistant coach and video coordinator, will coach.
Former LSU center Justin Hamilton, the Heat’s second-round pick in 2012, is expected to miss summer league with a hamstring injury.
Varnado and Ennis will play for the Heat’s summer league teams in both Orlando and Las Vegas, but some others will play on only one of the teams. The roster:• Guards: Dwight Buycks (Marquette). Ian Clark (Belmont/finished third in nation in three-point percentage, at 45.9, last season); Vincent Council (Providence guard led Big East in assists last season, at 7.2 per game); Larry Drew (averaged 7.5 points, 7.3 assists for UCLA last season); J.R. Giddens (38 NBA games for Celtics, Knicks); Scotty Hopson (Tennessee alum and one of best players in Israel in 2013); Cedric Jackson (Cleveland State/played briefly for Wizards); Myck Kabongo (served 23-game NCAA suspension for improper benefits at Texas last season); Travis Leslie (10 games for Clippers in 2011-12); Anthony Marshall (10.4 points, 5.8 assists at UNLV last season); James Nunnally (Santa Barbara alum was NBDL standout); and Tony Taylor (George Washington).
• Swingmen: Ennis (Long Beach State; Heat loves his athleticism); D.J. Kennedy (St. John’s/brief stint with Cleveland); and D.J. Stephens (Memphis).
• Centers: Varnado, Michael Dunigan (former Oregon center played in Philippines last season); Dewyane Dedmon (at USC, ranked third in Pacific 10 in blocks and 10th in rebounding last season); and LeRon Dendy (Middle Tennessee State).
• Forwards: Jackie Carmichael (17.4 points, 9.3 rebounds for Illinois State last season); Eric Griffin (Campbell); Jamalle Hagins (Delaware); Damion Jones (Texas alum has played in 34 NBA games); and Ricky Sanchez (6-11 forward was acquired from Memphis in Dexter Pittman deal; Portland’s 2005 second-round pick and played in Argentina last season).
THIS AND THAT• The Heat called center Chris Andersen at 12:01 a.m. Monday, at the start of free agency, and discussions are ongoing about a new contract.
• Eight teams have inquired about free agent center Greg Oden, with the Spurs, Cavaliers and Heat reportedly at the top of his list. The Heat wants to work him out when he feels healthy enough to do so. Oden hasn’t played since December 2009 because of multiple knee injuries. He hopes to return by the start of next season.
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