Heat get 50th pick James Ennis for future 2nd rounder
JUN 28, 2013 12:21a ET
The Heat went into Thursday night’s draft without any picks. But for a future second-round selection they acquired James Ennis, who had been drafted No. 50 in the second round by the Atlanta Hawks.
The 6-foot-7 Ennis averaged 16.5 points and 6.7 rebounds last season as a Long Beach State senior. Ennis, who turns 23 Monday, is very athletic and has high jumped 6-11.
"We were happy to get into the draft," Heat president Pat Riley said. "We feel that James Ennis, with his size and athleticism, has a huge upside and someone we hope can develop into a high-quality NBA player."
The Heat don’t expect to have many roster spots open since they want to bring back nearly all their players from last season. However, Ennis will have a chance to impress team brass when he joins Miami in summer leagues in Orlando and Las Vegas.
If Ennis doesn’t look to be a candidate for a roster spot, he could be sent overseas. If the Heat want him to play in the D-League and keep his rights, he would have to be on their 15-man roster.
Ennis is the first player from Long Beach State drafted since 1998. He was named Player of the Year in the Big West Conference after having raised his scoring average from 10.0 as a junior.
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