Chet Kammerer Rumors
The Heat drafted the greatest player in franchise history, Dwyane Wade, with the fifth overall pick in 2003 and they have won three NBA championships together since then. Just that pick alone is enough to remind Riley how valuable the draft could be when a team makes the right choice. “Pat likes veterans,” said Chet Kammerer, the Heat’s vice president of player personnel who leads the organization’s NBA draft scouting team, at the combine last week. “So if he has a chance and can get a veteran guy, he’s going to do it. I think he feels like you can’t just win with a bunch of young guys. You got to have some veteran players. But believe me, he and [general manager] Andy [Elisburg] last year, especially Andy kept saying: ‘Chet, we have to get a good pick this year. It’s really, really important we get a good pick.’”
The Heat currently don’t have a pick in this year’s June 21 draft, with their 2018 first-round selection going to the Suns — the first of two first-round picks owed from the 2015 acquisition of Dragic. Miami doesn’t own both of its picks in a draft until 2022. “The years we have a pick, to be honest, I think we all feel pressure,” Kammerer said. “We do. Part of it is, I think, we aren’t going to get that many swings up there and we have one. “If Pat was starting from scratch, I don’t think he would just want draft picks. He would want a combination. He would want free agents and a couple veterans. He thinks you need to have a balance on your roster of young players, a couple veterans and some guys that come in with some experience. So when he says [he’s not a draft pick guy], I think he’s referring to that he doesn’t just want a bunch of just draft picks and think we’re going to be good this year because we have these picks.”
The Heat could trade one of their current players to acquire a first-round pick or they can even deal next year’s first-round pick to get into this year’s first round. Because the Heat don’t have any 2018 picks to offer teams in an effort to move up in the draft, Chet Kammerer doesn’t expect any first-round selection the Heat possibly acquires to be in the top 20.
To Spoelstra, it’s all part of what he so often calls “the process,” when it comes to the grand scheme that is the NBA. And yes, even with heavy hitters such as Riley, Andy Elisburg and Micky Arison and Nick Arison, Spoelstra is part of the Heat’s personnel process. Riley made that clear in his interview with IndexUniverse in advance of that company’s symposium later this month at the Westin Diplomat in Hollywood. “When it comes to the draft or free agency, or acquiring players via trade, anything that has to do with personnel, it’s myself and Erik and Andy Elisburg and [scout] Chet Kammerer and Micky Arison,” Riley said. “If there isn’t a consensus, and there’s somebody that I really want, then I will probably get to make that decision. But I don’t think we’ve ever done anything here where we didn’t all agree it was the best move.”