The Miami Heat apparently prioritized offseason flexibility and older perspectives over NBA lineage when it comes to filling out their summer roster after Thursday’s draft.
Then it goes to the Los Angeles Lakers for Scotty Pippen Jr., the Vanderbilt undrafted guard, and to the Toronto Raptors for Ron Harper Jr., the Rutgers undrafted guard, both NBA champion parents with the Chicago Bulls. Also making the Lakers’ summer roster is LSU undrafted center Shareef O’Neal, son of Heat championship center Shaquille O’Neal, who had a pre-draft workout a week ago at FTX Arena.
Instead, with their two two-way contracts already filled, by in-season additions Javonte Smart and Mychael Mulder, the Heat took a more methodical approach with the players added to their offseason roster who will compete in the summer leagues in San Francisco and Las Vegas. .
In the hours after the Heat selected Serbian great man Nikola Jokic in 27th place with their only draft pick, the Heat reached agreements on trial contracts with several undrafted players.
Jalen Adaway from San Bonaventure: A 6-foot-3 senior guard who started his college career in Miami of Ohio. Adaway, 25, averaged 15.3 points last season, shooting .376 on 3-pointers.
Jamaree Bouyea of the University of San Francisco: A 6-1 22-year fifth year veteran who scored 36 points in this year’s NCAA Tournament against Murray State, averaging 17.3 points last season with .367 on 3 points.
Jamal Cain of Oakland University: A 23-year-old 6-7 senior forward who played four seasons with Marquette before emerging as the Horizon Conference co-player of the year, when he averaged 19.9 points and 10.2 rebounds.
Bryce Hamilton from UNLV: A 23-year-old 6-4 point guard coming off a first-team All-Mountain West season after averaging 21.9 points as a senior.
Aaron Wheeler of Saint John: A 23-year-old 6-9 forward who spent his first four college seasons at Purdue before averaging 10 points and shooting .385 on 34-point shooting as a veteran.
Bryson Williams of Texas Tech: A 24-year-old 6-8 year old senior forward who spent his first two seasons at Fresno State and then two more at UTEP before ending up with Texas Tech. He’s coming off a season where he averaged 14.1 points, shot .417 on 3-point field goals.
In addition, the Heat should also count Jovic, Mulder, Smart, Haywood Highsmith and center Omer Yurtseven in their summer roster.
The Heat have yet to announce whether any players from their G League affiliate Sioux Falls Skyforce will join their summer roster, but big man Micah Potter, who thrived on the Heat’s summer roster last season and then was productive in Sioux Falls, opted for a summer invite from the New York Knicks.
As for those with South Florida ties, University of Miami undrafted point guard Charlie Moore signed a summer contract with the Detroit Pistons.
Summer rosters tend to be fluid, with players often drawn elsewhere for guaranteed money or two-way contracts.
While NBA teams are limited to rosters of 20 players during the off season, players on summer rosters, except those with NBA contracts, do not count towards this total.