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Heat Poised To Infuse Young Talent In Offseason With James Ennis

MIAMI As these NBA Finals elevate urgency for an infuse of youthful talent, the Miami Heat are extremely pleased with the development of their 2013 draft acquisition forward James Ennis and there's an increasingly strong likelihood the franchise will sign him, multiple league sources told RealGM.

After an MVP-caliber season in Australia's National Basketball League, Ennis spent the past week working out for the Heat front office in Miami. Ennis, 23, will headline the Heat's Summer League rosters in Orlando and Las Vegas.

The Heat acquired Ennis from the Atlanta Hawks, who selected him with the No. 50 pick. The potential signing of Ennis would likely be a multi-year deal, sources said.

Despite an impressive summer league from Ennis last July, the Heat decided to fill the bench with veteran players and worked closely with Ennis to place him in a viable overseas league. Ennis compiled a title and earned first-team honors with Perth of the NBL, where Miami's management closely monitored the 6-foot-7 forward. He averaged 21.2 points, 7.2 rebounds, two assists and 46.6 percent shooting from the field in the Australian league, and he then scored 16.6 points and grabbed 8.3 rebounds per game in 12 appearances for a Puerto Rican club.

Ennis completed his collegiate career at Long Beach State and solidified himself as an NBA prospect during a progressive senior season.

The Heat trail 3-1 in the Finals, lacking fresh depth on the bench in the closing stretch of a fourth straight championship appearance.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Mickell Gladness Signs In Australia With Crocs

Mickell Gladness has signed with the Townsville Crocodiles of the Australian NBL for the 14-15 season.

Gladness played in the D-League last season with the Reno Bighorns, averaging 7.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game.

“We think Mickell is a perfect fit for us. Speaking to a lot of the guys who know him around the NBA, he is spoken of very highly. He is from a small town, a small market and that is the type of environment he is joining. We wanted someone who could fit into our community environment and team culture and Mickell ticks all those boxes,” Crocodiles coach Shawn Dennis said.

“We did a robust evaluation of Mickell and we’re very happy to be bringing him to our club. I know we have locked him in quite early in the off-season but sometimes when the right guy comes along it just makes sense to secure the deal and start building towards the season ahead.”

Via RealGM Staff Report

Australian NBL To Stage Exposure Camp At NBA Summer League

The Australian NBL will announce a partnership with the NBA in which they will stage an exposure camp in Las Vegas during the 2014 Summer League.

Every NBL team will attend the camp with their coaches and at two players apiece to establish closer ties with the NBA.

The NBL has had several 'NBA level' talent over the past few years with Patty Mills, Sam Young, James Ennis and Jonny Flynn playing at various times.

The 16 players that attend could also play a number of exhibition games against NBA Summer League teams.

Via AndTheFoul.net

NBL To Add Second Team In Melbourne

The NBL in Australia has begun the process of adding a second team in Melbourne for the 15-16 season.

The NBL are looking for a second Melbourne team in the South East Melbourne area and are open to possibly reviving the old South East Melbourne Magic name.

Chris Anstey, Sam Mackinnon, Rob Rose, Adonis Jordan and Bruce Bolden played for the Magic.

Beyond the second Melbourne team, the NBL also have plans for Canberra, Brisbane and Hobart to re-enter the league.

Via AndTheFoul.net
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