HoopsHype James Ennis rumors

July 15, 2014 Updates

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.” NBA.com

July 14, 2014 Updates
June 27, 2014 Updates
June 19, 2014 Updates
June 14, 2014 Updates

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. RealGM

January 8, 2014 Updates
August 19, 2013 Updates
August 12, 2013 Updates

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)." FOXSports Florida

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." FOXSports Florida

August 10, 2013 Updates

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. RealGM

August 9, 2013 Updates

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. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

August 5, 2013 Updates
July 7, 2013 Updates

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.’’ Sulia

Any rumor missing? E-mail us at   hoopshype@hoopshype.com.