Thursday’s NBA Draft has some big names, but most will be gone by the time the Miami Heat pick at No. 26.
Unless they trade up.
Associated Press reporter TIm Reynolds tweeted that the Heat could be targeting Creighton small forward Doug McDermott, and could move up with the Phoenix Suns to grab the prolific scorer.
RT @NBC6Sports: Heat’s target in 1st round of NBA Draft? > I’ll give you three: Napier, Cleanthony Early, move up with PHX to get McDermott.
— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) June 24, 2014
The Suns have three first-round picks (14, 18 and 27) and will move at least one of them. Miami could trade a combination of its first-round pick and its $2.2 million trade exception generated by the Joel Anthony salary dump. The only other asset Miami has is Norris Cole, but the Suns have Gorin Dragic and Eric Bledsoe on the roster.
Miami cannot trade its first-round pick this season because next year’s pick is promised to the Cleveland Cavaliers, so any trade for McDermott would likely happen after Miami picked a player at No. 26.
McDermott is a terrific scorer, averaging 26.7 points per game on 52.6 percent shooting his senior year, including 44.9 percent from three and 86.4 percent from the free-throw line. At 6’8”, 218 pounds, he is projected strictly as a small forward. But that doesn’t mean anything to the Heat, who could use him as a stretch-4 as well.
I’m not a huge fan of McDermott as a lottery pick, but there is no doubt the dude can stroke it. I kind of like the fit in Miami, where he would be used as a spot-up shooter who can develop patiently.