Dec 6, 2012; Syracuse, NY, USA; Long Beach State 49ers guard/forward James Ennis (11) dribbles the ball up court during the second half against the Syracuse Orange at the Carrier Dome. Syracuse defeated Long Beach State 84-53. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Heat draft pick James Ennis will likely play overseas next season

James Ennis, whom the Miami Heat traded into the NBA draft to select, will likely play overseas next season, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

“Miami Heat 2013 second-round NBA Draft pick James Ennis likely will spend the coming season overseas, with the Heat maintaining his draft rights, agent Scott Nichols on Monday told the Sun Sentinel.

Nichols cited the Heat’s glut of veteran wings, the team’s position hard against the NBA luxury tax and the Heat’s number of expiring contracts after the coming season as reasons why a 2014-15 NBA debut with the team might make more sense for the swingman out of Long Beach State who was acquired in a draft-night trade with the Atlanta Hawks.”

The Heat did the same thing last season by sending second-round pick Justin Hamilton, the center out of LSU, to play overseas.

Teams can carry 20 players into training camp and 15 into the regular season. Ennis, who was impressive during Summer League play, has a better chance to make the team next year when veterans Shane Battier, Ray Allen, Rashard Lewis and James Jones are set to become free agents in a pivotal summer for the Heat.


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