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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.”
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.
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).”
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.
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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.
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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.