The Miami Heat added forward Nikola Jovic in the first round of Thursday night’s NBA draft, then immediately began combing through the pool of undrafted players.
With the Heat’s summer league squad scheduled to travel to the West Coast on Tuesday to begin practices before playing its first game as part of the California Classic late next week, the organization spent Friday building a summer roster that always stays fluid.
The Heat open the summer league in San Francisco at Chase Center with matchups against the Los Angeles Lakers on July 2 at 5 p.m. (ESPN2), the Sacramento Kings on July 3 at 5 p.m. (NBA TV) and the Golden State Warriors on July 5 at 3 p.m. (NBA TV).
The Heat will then play, like all NBA teams, five games in the Las Vegas summer league to be held from July 7 to 17: against the Boston Celtics on July 9 at 5:30 p.m. on NBA TV, against the Atlanta Hawks July 12 at 7 p.m. on NBA TV, vs. Philadelphia 76ers July 13 at 9 p.m. on ESPNU, vs. Toronto Raptors July 15 at 10 p.m. on NBA TV, and Game 5 will be played either July 16 , July 17. with the opponent and the playing time determined later.
The Heat’s summer league roster is expected to include four players from the season-ending roster: Haywood Highsmith, Mychal Mudler, Javonte Smart and Omer Yurtseven. Highsmith and Yurtseven were members of the Heat’s 15-man roster last season, and Mulder and Smart closed out the season as two-way Heat contract players.
Yurtseven, whose total salary of $1.8 million for next season becomes guaranteed on Wednesday, will not be with the Heat’s summer league team in San Francisco due to obligations with the Turkish national team. , but will be in Las Vegas to play in the summer games.
While Yurtseven is expected to be back on the Heat’s 15-man roster next season, Highsmith, Mulder and Smart enter the summer league with more to prove.
Only the first $50,000 of Highsmith’s $1.8 million salary for next season is guaranteed if it isn’t waived by July 1, and the Heat hold team options on two-way contracts from Mulder and Smart for next season.
The summer league is also expected to give a first look at Jovic, who turned 19 on June 9. At 6-11 and 223 pounds, he’s a talented forward with a 7-foot wingspan who played professionally for Mega Mozzart in Serbia.
Assistant coach Malik Allen will serve as the Heat’s summer league head coach for the second straight year.
Here’s an updated list of undrafted prospects who have agreed to play for the Heat’s summer league team (please keep checking back for more):
▪ Jamaree Bouyea, San Francisco: The 6-foot-2, 180-pound guard is committed to playing for the Heat’s summer league team, a league source confirmed to the Miami Herald. He averaged 17.3 points shooting 50% from the field, 37% from three and 75.4% from the foul line, 3.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.6 steals per game in his fifth varsity season granted by the NCAA due to the COVID-19 pandemic. . Bouyea earned All-WCC first-team honors in each of his last two college seasons. He capped off his college career with a career-high 36 points in the first round of the NCAA Tournament against Murray State on March 17.
▪ Jalen Adaway, St. Bonaventure goaltender: The 6-5 guard played his first two college seasons at Miami of Ohio and his last two at St. Bonaventure, where he averaged 15.3 points and 5.9 rebounds last season.
Adaway’s assist count is low — he averaged 1.0 assists and turnovers last season — but he shot well (49.1%) in his four college seasons. He shot 37.6 percent from three last season, well above his college average of 33.6 from three-point range.
▪ Texas Tech forward Bryson Williams: The 6-8 forward played his first two seasons at Fresno State, two at UTEP and last season at Texas Tech.
He averaged 14.2 points and 4.1 rebounds last season. He shot 41.7 from three last season (40 for 96) and 53.5 percent from the field.
This story was originally published June 24, 2022 1:24 a.m.