PF: Nikola Jovic
The Heat drafted Jovic with the 27th overall pick in the 2022 draft, and the 6’10 forward struggled to get minutes as a rookie. There were flashes from the teenager, but no reason to expect a massive leap. Miami is one of the best organizations in the NBA at developing talent and needs someone like Jovic to round out their roster if they plan on going the three star route.
The 6’10 big man is a versatile option if he reaches his ceiling. He can handle the ball and make some plays. Jovic is not afraid to shoot, despite making just eight of his 35 3-point attempts as a rookie. The 20-year-old showcased his ability as he helped Serbia win the silver medal at the 2023 FIBA World Cup, which only enhanced his value and expectations.
The Trail Blazers could ask for Jovic in a Damian Lillard deal, and the Celtics would likely want him in the Jaylen Brown trade, but Miami needs to keep some depth. Could the Heat add the two stars without dumping Jovic? It is impossible to know, but the Heat would love to see him blossom into their starting power forward. It would be another win for their scouts and development system.
With Udonis Haslem finally retired, who takes on the leadership torch and helps pass down the culture? The Miami Heat need holdover players and have no plans of letting their starting center leave.