Duncan Robinson, Kendrick Nunn, Derrick Jones Jr, Tyler Johnson, Gabe Vincent, Rodney McGruder, Chris Silva… The list of non-drafted players recovered in recent seasons by the “post-LeBron James” Heat is long.
All were then more or less revealed in the colors of Florida, stimulating for any young revenge. And this list could grow even more in the coming months, since Miami does not have any draft choice this year at the moment, either in the first or the second round.
“For the moment”, because the “scouting” department of the franchise is still preparing the meeting, as if one or more “prospects” were going to take the direction of South Beach on July 29.
« This will do good for our ‘scouting’ department “, Judges Adam Simon, vice-president of basketball operations of the Heat, at Sen-Sentinel. ” Our boss believes in us, in our ability to find talents and recruit them, so that our coaches can then develop them. It’s a real process. It’s all about organization. The agents know that we are doing a good job in terms of development, with our coaches. So Pat wants us to find some good players, young people, and that’s what we need to achieve. »
Whether or not it was through the Draft, Miami has clearly gotten into the habit of hatching a lot of youngsters right after the event.
Thanks to an excellent preparation carried out upstream by all the staff of the franchise. Teamwork that allows leaders to strike the same evening, in a thoughtful manner, depending on the opportunities.
« It’s like trying to shoot at a moving target ”, Compares Adam Simon, about this process. ” You never know when you can get started, or what will cost you. So our mission is to prepare our shot. And the further we move up the rankings, the more we’re going to find out what exactly it’s going to cost us. Then there might be a chance we get a Draft pick and that’s why we need to prepare for it. »
Stay cautious and do not rush anything
The most important thing in all of this is, of course, not to rush. At the risk of concluding a transaction that it is possible to regret …
« I don’t do something just to do something “, Warns Adam Simon. ” We do things for this organization and we make our decisions accordingly. I don’t have to sit around and try to get something out of my hat, just because I want our scouting department to do something we don’t need. So what we do as a group is just to have an idea of what it would take for us to get a Draft pick. »
Finally, like last year, when he picked up the 20th choice to select Precious Achiuwa, we can expect the Heat to be active on Draft day.
Always trying to ask the same question to the leaders of the other teams.
« Even when we didn’t have a Draft pick last year, we were like, ‘What would it cost to have one?’ », Recalls Adam Simon. ” Because if you want a player who you think will no longer be available after the Top 20, you need to find out about that. It is from there that we decide, together, if we are ready to pay the asking price, with a player, a first round, a second round or money. And if it makes sense to us or we’re willing to do it, we can accept the transference. Conversely, if we don’t, we’ll just answer the calls and do nothing afterwards. »