At the moment, the Miami Heat are mostly focused on winning a title this year but they have the future on their mind as well and that shows through in their scouting plans for this upcoming week and the following weeks ahead of the late June NBA Draft. The list of prospects is starting to grow for the Heat and one of the more notable names set to work out for the team is former Louisville Cardinals star Russ Smith.
Smith, of course, was a stud for Rick Pitino’s 2013 NCAA National Championship team and he put in some solid years developing in the Louisville system. He has less tread on his tires than other guards coming into the draft, but the Heat clearly aren’t scared off by his experience at the college level.
Russ Smith has workouts this week in Miami (Tuesday) as well as Oklahoma City and Phoenix.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) May 26, 2014
What we need to do is look at this from a logical standpoint, because Russ Smith makes a lot of sense on the Miami Heat. Norris Cole isn’t going anywhere, but Mario Chalmers might cash in on his association with the Heat dynasty and bolt in free agency. Cole may end up doing the same in a few years but even if he doesn’t there are worse things in the world than a point guard tandem of Norris Cole and Russ Smith on this Heat team.
He’s not a stud prospect, but he’s well developed and willing to continue his growth and should be available for the Heat when they go on the clock late in the first round.