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What will Miami Heat do in 2019 NBA Draft?
The 2019 NBA Draft is Thursday. The Heat currently holds two picks, Nos. 13 and 44. What will the Heat decide to do with the selections? Here’s a look at all of our coverage leading up to the draft.
The Heat currently owns one selection in Thursday’s NBA Draft, but that can change.
Of course, the Heat can trade the No. 13 pick and give up its only one in the draft. Miami can also trade for a second selection.
But a trade isn’t the only way the Heat can acquire an additional pick. Miami can also purchase one.
The amount of cash a team can pay or receive per season is limited to the “Maximum Annual Cash Limit,” which was set at $5.2 million for 2018-19. The Heat sent $1.8 million to the Suns as part of the February deal that sent Tyler Johnson and Wayne Ellington to Phoenix and brought Ryan Anderson to Miami, which leaves the team with about $3.4 million to spend on a selection in the draft.
Picks that are purchased almost always come in the second round, as first-round selections are too valuable to give up for just money. It could be the only way the Heat gets in the second round for the near future, as it currently doesn’t own a second-round pick until 2022 because of previous trades.
With $3.4 million to spend, that’s enough for the Heat to purchase a second-round selection. That money doesn’t count against the cap and is only available until June 30 before it is replenished in full in July to spend during the 2019-20 cap year.
There could be some teams willing to sell their second-round selections to the Heat this year, with the 76ers (Nos. 33, 34, 42, and 54), Hawks (Nos. 35, 41, and 44), Kings (Nos. 40, 47, and 60), Hornets (Nos. 36 and 52), Pelicans (Nos. 39 and 57), and Clippers (Nos. 48 and 56) owning multiple second-round picks.
Players whom the Heat has landed in the second round include Josh Richardson at No. 40 in 2015, James Ennis at No. 50 in 2013, Justin Hamilton at No. 45 in 2012, Dexter Pittman at No. 32 in 2010, Mario Chalmers at No. 34 in 2008, and Rasual Butler at No. 53 in 2002.
When asked last year about the possibility of buying a second-round pick, then-Heat vice president of player personnel Chet Kammerer said: “When we see somebody on the board that we like and then all of a sudden he’s still there. Then if we like him, we’re just hoping that he gets to where we are. Or what Pat [Riley] thinks of a lot and he’s the person who makes those calls, let’s see if we can buy a pick. Let’s see if we can get a 30s pick or somewhere in the second round.
“You’re always looking for somebody that you really like that’s on the board. Like when we got Josh Richardson. We got him at 40 [in the 2015 draft]. We really had him that year in the draft like at 23. We had him as a late first-rounder. He was there and we ended up getting him at 40. I kept thinking that year, we got to move up, guys. We got to buy something and switch picks because he’s going to be going between 35 and 40. Anyway, my point is you have to be prepared for something in the early 30s or early 40s.”
Kammerer stepped down as vice president of player personnel last July, with Adam Simon now in that position.
An argument can be made against purchasing a second-round pick because of the success the Heat has had in grooming undrafted talent. Udonis Haslem, Rodney McGruder, and Johnson are a few examples, and the Heat signed Duncan Robinson and Yante Maten as undrafted free agents last year. The latter two were switched over to standard contracts just before the end of this past season.
Entering last year’s draft, the Heat had already reached the $5.1 million cash limit it could could include in 2017-18 transactions due to the trade that sent Josh McRoberts to Dallas in July 2017.