James Ennis chose to sign overseas than go to the D-League. Now he has the opportunity to get better and eventually become a bigger part of the Miami Heat’s plans.
“When I got chosen at pick 50 in the NBA Draft, they (Miami) didn’t have any roster spots left so I had the choice of playing in the D-League or going overseas, and I picked overseas,” Ennis said.
Ennis, the Heat’s second-round draft pick, arrived in Australia and was introduced at a press conference today by the Perth Wildcats. The Heat retain the rights to Ennis without using a roster spot on him. They can “call him up” at any time they want.
“Miami traded for James in the draft, they see him as a long-term investment and we certainly want to help that and foster that along the way. There is a chance they could ring up and say ‘hey we want him back.’ That’s a reality of professional sport,” said Perth head coach Trevor Gleeson.
Before sending Ennis oversees, the Heat gave Ennis some instructions on what to improve.
“Basically, get more mature. Not to dribble the ball so much on the court,” Ennis said. “One or two dribbles and pull up.”
Ennis said his main goal is to be in Perth for 12 months and to win a championship. Ennis and the Heat, no doubt, has his sights set on next season when the contracts of Shane Battier, Ray Allen, Rashard Lewis and James Jones are set to expire.
Man, Australian press conferences are awesome. I just imagine a bunch of Crocodile Dundee’s asking basketball-related questions. By the way, when watching the video of the press conference, skip ahead to about 2:40 or else that old guy on the right will put you to sleep. Highlight of the press conference comes when Ennis awkwardly dribbles around mentioning that he moved there with his girlfriend, then eventually gets to it.