As expected, Miami Heat second-round pick James Ennis will be playing overseas. It is Australia where the athletic wingman with hops that rival a kangaroo’s will begin his career.
Ennis will play for the Perth Wildcats, according to the team’s website. The Heat will retain the rights to Ennis, who they obtained from the Atlanta Hawks on draft night, and will not have to use a roster spot on the rookie wingman.
It was expected that Ennis would head overseas for this season while the Heat seek a three-peat. Miami already has Ray Allen, Shane Battier, James Jones and Rashard Lewis on the roster.
It better serves Ennis to play in Australia, where he can get more playing time and improve, then come back to the NBA next season after the contracts of the aforementioned wingmen expire.
“I can’t wait to get over to Australia and join my new teammates,” Ennis told Wildcats.com.au. “Obviously I would have liked to be playing in the NBA this season, but it’s a huge opportunity to develop my skills in a good competition and put on a show for the fans in Perth.”
Wildcats head coach Trevor Gleeson helped scout Ennis at the Las Vegas Summer League.
“We saw this guy score 25 points in the semi-final of the NBA Summer League and we thought wow, this kid can really play, but we didn’t think we’d get him to Australia, but we are now super excited to have him at the Wildcats and can’t wait for him to suit up for us because he is going to be a highlight reel,” said Gleeson in the announcement.
With the saved roster spot, it is expected that the Heat will acquire another veteran to help them this season. The Heat have shown interest in point guard Sebastian Telfair.