Saturday, May 15, 2010
It All Starts With the Draft
As most of you know, the Miami Heat is set to enter the NBA draft on June 24th with four draft picks. One first rounder (#18) and three second rounders (#41, #42, #48) could be making their way onto the Miami Heat roster.
However, I expect the first round pick to be shopped alongside DaeQuan Cook (expiring RFA), James Jones (partial guarantee for three years) and possibly Michael Beasley in order to get a head start on the off-season makeover.
The first round pick only counts $1.2M against the cap, so it is quite possible that Riley will be making the pick for himself if the right guy falls to him. However, as I glance through the mock draft on hoopshype, I see a lot of guys that are said to be raw or projects in some way:
Admittedly, mock drafts aren't the best resource in the world and gems can be found, but Riley recently reminded us that he prefers to build through free agency and trades.
If James Jones is not traded before June 30th, he could be cut and cost $1.9M in 2010, $2M in 2011 and $2.1M in 2011. Everybody expects Miami to cut him loose, but you never know how much value three point shooting will have in the new look Miami Heat.
Trades for 2010 cap space can begin on July 1st, so trades before then will have to be within 25%. Only Orlando has a trade exception big enough to take on those salaries and they are not likely to want to help Miami become a dynastic team, so it will be interesting to see what takes place in anticipation of July 7th when free agents can begin to sign contracts.