‘I’m still chasing another championship,’ says Pat Riley
The 2019 NBA draft here and it’s a bit of a pivotal one for the Miami Heat, which is still starved for star-level talent. The Heat has two pick Thursdays: the No. 13 overall selection in the first round and the 14th pick of the second round, No. 44 overall. Stay tuned here for live updates throughout the day as Miami either makes its selections or angles for more trades — or both:
Deputy commissioner Mark Tatum just announced from Brooklyn the Heat traded the draft rights to Oregon Ducks center Bol Bol to the Denver Nuggets in exchange for a future second-round pick and cash considerations, so it seems like this wasn’t a pick the Indiana Pacers acquired as part of Miami’s previous trade to land the No. 42 pick.
The Heat does have three other future second-round picks it could have sent to the Pacers in the other trade.
The trade sending Oregon Ducks center Bol Bol from the Heat to the Denver Nuggets is reportedly in exchange for a future second-round pick and cash. It’s still not clear whether this will go back to Miami or to the Indiana Pacers, who received three second-round picks from the Heat so Miami could move up and take Stanford Cardinal small forward KZ Okpala at No. 42.
What a rollercoaster minute and a half. The Heat drafted Bol Bol with the No. 44 overall pick, but have reportedly flipped the Oregon Ducks center to the Denver Nuggets.
The trades have made this confusing to follow. We’ll keep it updated as we get more clarity.
The Heat makes a move to jump on a sliding prospect. Miami is reportedly trading three second-round picks to the Indiana Pacers to jump up to No. 32 and take KZ Okpala.
The Stanford Cardinal smmall forward was viewed as a potential first-round pick, but slipped into the second round. The exact return isn’t known yet, but one of the three picks likely was the No. 44 pick the Heat bought Wednesday.
The first round is in the books and two players are still waiting in the green room in Brooklyn: Oregon Ducks center Bol Bol and Georgia Bulldogs center Nicolas Claxton.
The Heat is due to pick No. 44 overall — 14th in the second round — after buying the pick Wednesday. Some of the notable potential second-round options beyond Bol and Claxton: Purdue Boilermakers point guard Carsen Edwards, Boston College Eagles point guard Ky Bowman, Virginia Cavaliers guard Kyle Guy, Michigan Wolverines small forward Ignas Brazdeikis, LSU Tigers center Naz Reid and Maryland Terrapins center Bruno Fernando.
Tyler Herro just spoke with reporters at AmericanAirlines Arena via speaker phone from Brooklyn. Get to know the Heat’s newest addition with some of the Miami Herald’s additional coverage:
In the meantime, the first-round of the NBA draft is getting close to an end. Miami is on the board next with the No. 44 overall pick.
Tyler Herro is the pick. The Heat grabs the sharpshooter from the Kentucky Wildcats with the No. 13 pick.
The Heat is on the clock. The Charlotte Hornets are slated to take Kentucky Wildcats power forward PJ Washington with the No. 12 pick.
Miami still has a long list of options to pick from, including French forward Sekou Doumbouya, North Carolina Tar Heels small forward Nassir Little, Indiana Hoosiers shooting guard Romeo Langford, Gonzaga Bulldogs post player Brandon Clarke and Kentucky shooting guard Tyler Herro
The Atlanta Hawks are now poised to take Duke Blue Devils wing Cameron Reddish, which means French forward Sekou Doumbouya is the player to surprisingly slip out of the top 10. The Phoenix Suns will reportedly follow the Reddish pick by taking North Carolina Tar Heels wing Cameron Johnson.
Doumbouya is a very realistic possibility for the Heat at this point, as is North Carolina small forward Nassir Little.
Finally, a realistic Heat target is off the board. The Washington Wizards are taking Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Rui Hachimura with the No. 9 pick.
The potential slider is starting to look like Duke Blue Devils wing Cameron Reddish, who once looked like a likely top-five pick. Suddenly, it seems like there’s a chance he might be available for Miami.
The top three goes off as anticipated: Zion Williamson is off to the New Orleans Pelicans, Ja Morant is going to the Memphis Grizzlies and RJ Barrett is headed to the New York Knicks.
Now the NBA draft really begins with the Atlanta Hawks, who are poised to select Virginia Cavaliers forward DeAndre Hunter. After the Hawks’ pick, anything could happen.
The complexion of the top 10 continues to change and could keep changing before the NBA draft officially gets underway at 7:30 p.m.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are the latest to jump up, swapping their No. 11 pick along with Dario Saric to the Phoenix Suns to move up to No. 6 and have a chance at landing a point guard.
The new top six: New Orleans Pelicans, Memphis Grizzlies, New York Knicks, Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers and the Timberwolves, and the Cavaliers still might be trying to move down from No. 5.
We have a trade! The Hawks have acquired the No. 4 pick from the Pelicans in exchange for picks Nos. 8, 17 and 35. So Atlanta now has the fourth and 10th pick. The Hawks are reportedly pursuing Virginia’s DeAndre Hunter with the fourth pick, according to reports.
The Heat’s first selection is just a matter of hours away and there’s still no clear consensus of what Miami might look to do with the No. 13 pick. With 22 players invited to attend the NBA draft in Brooklyn, it seems like upwards of 10 prospects could be in the mix for the Heat with its lottery pick.
It might be easiest to think about who won’t be available. Power forward Zion Williamson, the likely No. 1 pick, won’t be around and neither will shooting guard RJ Barrett, a fellow Duke Blue Devil and the likely No. 3 pick. Murray State Racers point guard Ja Morant is almost certain to go No. 2, and Vanderbilt Commodores point guard, North Carolina guard Coby White, Texas Tech Red Raiders shooting guard Jarrett Culver and Virginia Cavaliers forward DeAndre Hunter will probably go Nos. 4-7 in some order.
From there, the draft becomes nearly impossible to predict. Could Duke wing Cameron Reddish, French forward Sekou Doumbouya or Texas Longhorns post player Jaxson Hayes fall past No. 10 and all the way to No. 13? Will teams fall in love with the tantalizing potential of players like Indiana Hoosiers shooting guard Romeo Langford, North Carolina small forward Nassir Little or Oregon Ducks center Bol Bol? Or in a supposedly weak draft, will teams favor proven commodities like Kentucky Wildcats power forward PJ Washington or the Gonzaga Bulldogs forward tandem of Rui Hachimura and Brandon Clarke?
The draft gets started at 7:30 p.m. at the Barclays Center. The Heat’s fate should get a little more clear in the next few hours.