1. Nikola Jović
- Contract: 4 years / $11,501,537
- 2023-24 Salary: $2,875,384
Nikola Jović has mostly found himself on the sidelines for the start of his second NBA season. He has only appeared in four games, spending most of his time on the Heat's bench, in the G League or sidelined with a back injury.
Despite his limited playing time, Jović has showcased his intriguing combination of size and skill as a 6-foot-10 forward. He has demonstrated his ability to handle the ball, facilitate plays, and shoot from the outside. Nevertheless, his defensive capabilities are still a work in progress, which is one of the primary reasons why he has yet to secure a consistent role in the Heat's rotation.
During his rookie year, Jovic faced setbacks due to back problems caused by his developing physique. However, his opportunity with the Serbian national team at the 2023 FIBA World Cup, proved to be invaluable for enhancing his skills. Miami was seemingly very impressed with Jović's play at the World Cup, where he shot better than 56% from the field in eight games, but sadly, was the runner-up after losing to Germany 83-77.
Spoelstra believes Jovic will reap the benefits of having the chance to develop in the G League with the Sioux Falls Skyforce.
After being caught up in trade rumors for Lillard this summer, Jović stated that he would like to stay with the Heat, but the future is uncertain. If the Heat were to move on another star, a young, skilled player like Jovic could be included in a deal.