|2017-18 W/L: 44-38||2018-19 W/L: 39-43|
Finished 10th in the eastern conference (Missed Playoffs)
Team Needs: SG, PF, C
Player Option: Hassan Whiteside
Pick 1: 1st Round-13th Overall
Players who could be available and fit with this pick:
The Heat have a big payroll with some contracts that they would probably like a do-over on. Because of these commitments they have been somewhat stuck in mediocrity and it will take those contracts coming off of the books before they can make any big moves in free agency. They could trade expiring contracts which they have a lot of, but for a few of those it will be a tough sell to another franchise. Dwayne Wade has played his last game in Miami signaling a new era in Heat basketball however the team is likely to look very different a year from now then it does today. Hassan Whiteside has a 27 million dollar player option which he would be crazy not to exercise, meaning the team will have his large contract for another season. Because of this expected roster turnover following the 2019-2020 season, the player they select in the draft this year could play a major role on the team going forward. This also allows for some flexibility in who they select and it will most likely be a best player available type of choice. If they want to choose a shooting guard which would make sense for their current roster make up, Romeo Langford, Keldon Johnson, and Kevin Porter Jr. could all be available when they are on the clock. All three of those players have a high upside and Nickeil Alexander-Walker is another potential selection due to his ability to play both point guard and shooting guard. If Sekou Doumbouya is still on the board he is a strong candidate to get picked up by Miami as a prospect that the team can be patient with as he develops and Nassir Little intrigues many teams in the lottery with his explosiveness. Assuming the Heat move on from Whiteside when his contract expires, they could elect to take a big man like Jaxson Hayes or Bol Bol but Hayes could be off of the board and Bol Bol will come with durability concerns that may cause him to slip in the draft. PJ Washington and Rui Hachimura would both fit and well with Washington most likely having the higher ceiling of the two as a professional. If we were drafting for the Heat we would take a shooting guard depending on who is available when they are put on the clock, although it seems likely that Nassir Little and Sekou Doumbouya will be in serious consideration if they are not off of the board by the time Miami makes their choice.