Anonymous GM: Our team isn’t good enough to win and we know it. So this season we want to develop and evaluate our young players, let them learn from their mistakes — and get us in position to grab a great player. The best way for us to do that is to lose a lot of games. This draft is loaded. There are potential All-Stars at the top, maybe even franchise changers. Sometimes my job is to understand the value of losing. I know that sounds crazy, but if you’re an NBA general manager like me, the last place you want to be is in the middle. There are only two outcomes there: Either make the playoffs and be first-round fodder for one of the premier teams or miss the playoffs and pick somewhere around 11th to 14th in the draft. Either way, the odds are that you stay in that middle range. It’s a recipe for disaster.
August 19, 2017 | 10:07 pm EDT Update
The Sun Sentinel has confirmed that Jordan Mickey’s agreement with the Heat is for two seasons with the first guaranteed at the $1.5 million veteran’s minimum and the second at the Heat’s option.
Ellington, who joined the Heat in the wake of Wade’s departure, said he appreciated the talk of a potential Wade return, well aware of the respect in South Florida from Wade’s first 13 NBA seasons. “Obviously this is something that D-Wade helped build,” the 3-point specialist said, “so obviously this city and us as a team being able to have somebody like that on our team would be amazing.”
“We’re always together,” Ellington said, having spent last week at Dion Waiters’ fundraiser in their hometown of Philadelphia. “We’re always trying to support each other and hang out with each other. I mean, we were in the gym this morning and there were seven guys in there on a Saturday morning in August. I don’t know if there’s a lot of teams that have that going on. So that kind of just shows the type of dedication we have in our franchise.”
Dwyane Wade’s 15-year-old son Zaire got quite the driving lesson in his dad’s Ferrari on Saturday, and Wade Snapchatted it for his fans. It’s not an ordinary experience for a teenager, but it looks like Zaire did well. His dad was there to support him.
August 19, 2017 | 8:51 pm EDT Update
Brad Turner: Can confirm Clippers have signed center Marshall Plumlee to a partially guaranteed contract, per source.