Heat may seek free agent small forward
The Heat are looking to free agency to fill their small forward hole. Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that although the Heat own the #10 pick in the upcoming draft, they don?t think any of the players available at that spot will are experienced enough to make an immediate impact. They may be forced to use a portion of their mid-class exception on a free agent three? even though they will be close to the luxury tax limit.
Options include Donyell Marshall, Rodney Rogers, Bryon Russell, Devean George, Lee Nailon, Walt Williams, Tyrone Nesby and the Heat's Jim Jackson. Bonzi Wells, who is a restricted free agent with Postland, would like to talk to the Heat after July 1st, when free agent negotiations are allowed. Acquiring Wells would likely require a sign-and-trade with Brian Grant as potential bait.
One NBA general manager said that there is a possibility that Wells ends up in Philadelphia with Dale Davis in exchange for Dikembe Mutombo.
As for the #10 pick, one GM said high-scoring Memphis combo guard Dujuan Wagner could slip to the Heat. The top prospects are Yao Ming, Jay Williams, Mike Dunleavy Jr. (if he stays in the draft before Wednesday's deadline), Caron Butler, Drew Gooden and Chris Wilcox.
Wagner, Jeffries, Woods, Tskitishvili, power forwards Maybyner Hilario and Amare Stoudemire and center Curtis Borchardt are also considered lottery picks. The Knicks, Clippers and Suns select directly before Miami, and two of those teams (New York and Phoenix) are targeting power rotation players.
Wagner, 6-2, has declined to work out for the Heat or any team picking worse than eighth.