Miami Heat head coach Pat Riley has no picks in the NBA Draft, but doesn’t care. He plans to use his free time to scout players and make trades for future assets.
On February 21, 2024, Pat Riley, President of the Miami Heat, speaks at the Dwyane Wade L3GACY Celebration at American Airlines Arena.
Despite the fact that the Miami Heat’s lack of draft choices was the team’s Achilles heel in its effort to execute a blockbuster trade this season, president Pat Riley eked out deals to get two-time All-Star Victor Oladipo and veteran Trevor Ariza before the deadline.
Riley has now entrusted Miami’s vice president of basketball operations, Adam Simon, with making something happen, despite the Heat’s lack of first- or second-round choices in the NBA Draft this year.
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Riley said at his customary end-of-season press conference in June that the team’s lack of draft choices was not a major concern. According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, “We don’t have any selections, but I can promise you we’ll probably get a few of excellent guys out of this year’s draft, somehow.”
Despite the fact that it seems to be a fool’s errand to try to acquire “a couple of excellent players” without using draft choices, Simon accepted the challenge, according to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.
Riley’s Mission Impossible-style mission, according to Simon, “makes our scouting team feel fantastic.” “Our employer has faith in us, in the fact that we are excellent at spotting potential and attempting to attract and hire them, so that our coaching team can develop them.”
Simon added, “That’s the entire point of trying to identify those kinds of guys.” “It’s an administrative issue. Our coaching team, as well as the agents out there, are well aware that we do an excellent job of developing them. So I believe Pat is looking for a couple of excellent, young guys. That is the task at hand.”
The Heat have a track record of developing undrafted players.
According to GettyBleacher Report, the Miami Heat will be forced to release either Kendrick Nunn (L) or Duncan Robinson due to the free agency market (R).
The Heat’s reputation for developing undrafted guys into NBA stars makes recruiting players a priority. Duncan Robinson, who is expected to make $20 million next season, Kendrick Nunn, who is also expected to be one of the top restricted free agents this summer, Gabe Vincent, and Chris Silva all went undrafted.
“Simon’s staff has also been scouting the top 60,” according to Winderman, “with the Heat able to trade into the draft or purchase a pick, with $5.6 million in allocated cash still available to spend on obtaining such a July 29 choice.”
Obviously, this adds to the complexity of the procedure. “It’s like trying to shoot a shifting target,” Simon confessed. You just don’t know where you’ll be able to participate or how much it will cost. As a result, it is our responsibility to create our order, or rating. And as we get closer, and as we learn more about the pricing, there’s a possibility we’ll be able to get into the draft. As a result, we must be prepared.”
With $5.6 million in allocated cash, the Heat may purchase a draft pick.
Simon would require Riley’s, General Manager Andy Eisburg’s, and CEO Nick Arison’s permission before spending the $5.6 million on a prospect in this year’s draft.
“I’m not trying to accomplish anything simply for the sake of doing something,” Simon said. “We’re doing things for the organization and making choices as a group.” I don’t need to sit here and attempt to conjure up a rabbit from my hat simply to get our scouting crew to do something we don’t need to do.”
Meanwhile, the front office continues to scheme and plan how to pull off some magic without having to use draft choices.
“But what we do as a group, including Andy, Pat, and our staff who speak to other clubs, is we attempt to get a sense of what the cost of getting into the draft would be.”
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Do the Heat have a 2024 draft pick?
The Heat currently have a 2024 2nd round draft pick.
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The Heat have no draft picks because they are a team with a salary cap.
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