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Shams Charania: Heat’s James Ennis missed last game/practice with illness; will have deal guaranteed for ’14-15 w/ secured roster spot, sources tell RealGM.
I saw you said they gave Michael Beasley’s No. 8 to Shawne Williams. So I guess they’re not going to retire Bease’s number? (OK, so it means he’s not coming back?) — Henrique. A: An adjustment still could be made if Beasley is brought back, but that is an increasing longshot. But it’s also not as if the Heat are mass producing Shawne Williams jerseys at this stage, either. While Beasley appears to be in the rearview mirror, the Heat still seems to be lacking on the wing, where the current options are Dwyane Wade, Luol Deng, Danny Granger, Reggie Williams, James Ennis and Tyler Johnson. There simply is not a lot of one-on-one creativity there, no one, really, other that Wade who can score off the dribble.
The Miami HEAT announced today that they have signed forward James Ennis. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. “We were excited to draft James a year ago and have been impressed by the growth of his game in Summer League and Puerto Rico, as well as his terrific experience in Australia, leading Perth to a championship,” said HEAT President Pat Riley. “We are looking forward to the infusion of energy he will bring to our roster.”
Heat summer-league team coming into focus: Shabazz Napier, Justin Hamilton and James Ennis will be the core of the Heat’s summer-league team, but there will be other talented players representing the Heat in Orlando and Las Vegas as well. Five undrafted players that will be joining the Heat: PG Langston Hall of Mercer, SG Tyler Johnson of Fresno State, SG Andre Dawkins of Duke, F Ronald Roberts of St. Joe’s and F Jerrelle Benimon of Towson.
Joseph Goodman: Pat Riley names former draft pick James Ennis as potential option to help build team.
As these NBA Finals elevate urgency for an infuse of youthful talent, the Miami Heat are extremely pleased with the development of their 2013 draft acquisition – forward James Ennis – and there’s an increasingly strong likelihood the franchise will sign him, multiple league sources told RealGM. After an MVP-caliber season in Australia’s National Basketball League, Ennis spent the past week working out for the Heat front office in Miami. Ennis, 23, will headline the Heat’s Summer League rosters in Orlando and Las Vegas.
Both Ennis and Perth coach Trevor Gleeson downplayed the opt-out in Ennis’ Wildcats contract that would allow him to return to the Heat at any point if summoned this season. “When I got drafted at 50 in second round, they didn’t have a lot of roster spots, so they gave me a decision to go D-League or overseas and I picked overseas,” Ennis said. “I would like to stay for 12 months and help the Wildcats get a championship. That’s my main goal.”
The Heat still will retain Ennis’ rights. He has an opt-out clause that would allow him to leave the Wildcats for the NBA during the season and still get his full Australian salary. But it’s much more likely Ennis won’t join the Heat until 2014-15. “They said that I have a real good shot to be on the team next year,” Ennis said. For now, Ennis will leave Thursday for Australia. Training camp starts next week and the regular season begins in early October. “I’m very excited,” Ennis said. “I don’t know much about Australia, but it’s going to be a really good opportunity.”
The Miami Heat wanted James Ennis to play in the D-League. But he has his family to worry about. Ennis, taken with the No. 50 pick by Atlanta in June’s draft and then traded to Miami, will play next season for the Perth Wildcats in Australia. But Ennis said Sunday that wasn’t the Heat’s preference. “They wanted me to go the D-League,” Ennis said by phone to FOX Sports Florida. “I basically put my family first. My family is struggling (financially), and I want to help support them. So that’s why I’m going (to Australia).”
Still, the Heat have 13 players under guaranteed contracts and made clear to Ennis that his deal in Australia gives him a strong chance to receive attention when salary space could open. “No other overseas team would give us a complete NBA out like Perth did, on top of guaranteed salary for the whole year even if James leaves,” Nichols said by phone. “Some people might say, “Oh, they didn’t put him in a strong league,” but this situation – the team and the chance to come back to the Heat next season – was too good.”
As teams in Germany, France and Russia pursued him with lucrative contracts, James Ennis’ agent worked with Heat management to find a club that allows him to leave for Miami next season with an opt-out clause: Australia’s Perth Wildcats. Now when the luxury tax becomes less stressful and injuries could impact the Heat, Ennis has a “good opportunity to get called up next season,” agent Scott Nichols told RealGM. Ennis went 50th in June’s NBA draft to the Atlanta Hawks, and the Heat acquired him in a trade, have been enamored with his talent and let him know all along that playing overseas never was a knock on his ability. Miami has desperately tried to maintain salary flexibility while rounding out its roster.
James Ennis’ NBA career will begin in Australia. Scott Nichols, Ennis’ agent, Friday confirmed to the Sun Sentinel the agreement between Ennis and the Perth Wildcats, an arrangement that provides the 2013 second-round pick out of Long Beach State the option to return to the Miami Heat this season if summoned.
James Ennis agent said client will get entire Perth salary next year even if he leaves during year to return to NBA. “He got offered a lot more money in Russia and a little more in France,’’ said Nichols, saying he also was negotiating until the end with Russia’s BC Nizhny Novgorod and France’s Nantere. “But he got a full NBA opt-out in Australia, and that was too good to pass up. So it was a no-brainer. He can go back to the Heat any time during the season if they want him, and he would still get his full (Perth) salary for the entire season even if he leaves.’’
Nichols said it “was a shock at first” for Ennis when he heard about the possibility of playing abroad for a year. But Nichols said Ennis now understands it could be beneficial. “A lot of young players would love the opportunity to go overseas and then be able to play for the Miami Heat,” Nichols said.
Nichols said a final decision is expected to be made by the end of the week when he talks further with Heat president Pat Riley. Nichols said he’s having discussions with teams in France, Russia, Australia, Italy and Germany about Ennis.
Don’t look for James Ennis to be playing for the Miami Heat next season. Those close to the situation believe the second-round pick likely will head overseas. And his agent said Monday he’s making calls with that in mind. “There’s a good chance he’ll play overseas (next season),” Scott Nichols said by phone to FOX Sports Florida.
James Ennis turned to religion when I asked if willing to play overseas next season allowing #Heat to retain rights “I just put in it in God’s hands,’’ Ennis said. “Where he wants me to go, that’s where he wants me to go. I’m just going to compete at a high level each and every day.’’
Adrian Wojnarowski: Atlanta has traded the 50th pick, Long Beach State’s James Ennis, to the Miami Heat, league source tells Y!
The Clippers will conduct their second pre-Draft workout of the week on Wednesday when they bring in a group of guards and athletic wing players. Lorenzo Brown, a junior guard from North Carolina State, is the highest rated prospect among the group. Brandon Triche (Syracuse), James Ennis (Long Beach State) and Kwame Alexander (Cal State San Bernardino) will also attend the morning workout.
James Ennis tweeted Sunday afternoon that he was “posted in the airport on my way to Philadelphia.” He responded “yes sir” when asked if it was for a predraft workout with the Sixers. The Big West Conference player of the year did not say when the workout would be.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have another round of pre-draft workouts on tap this weekend, with UCLA swingman Shabazz Muhammad highlighting the group. The Wolves announced that Muhammad and five other prospects will work out with team officials Sunday afternoon at Target Center. Also scheduled to participate are Long Beach State swingman James Ennis, Kentucky guard Archie Goodwin, Minnesota forward Rodney Williams, Delaware forward Jamelle Hagins and Idaho center Kyle Barone.