Ennis to begin pro career in Australia

James Ennis will have to wait a little longer before he can begin his NBA career. - USA TODAY Sports

The Heat's 2013 second-round acquisition signed a contract that gives him an opt-out clause if Miami summons him this season.

James Ennis, whom the Miami Heat traded for in the second-round of the 2013 NBA Draft, will begin his professional career with the Perth Wildcats of Australia. Ennis' agent, Scott Nichols, said that Ennis turned down larger offers from France and Russia because his contract with the Australia team gives him an NBA opt-out clause this season. If Miami has room in its roster, it could bring Ennis to the team this season.

As I mentioned earlier, the Heat retain Ennis' rights while not having him take up a roster spot. Although he does have an NBA out in his contract, it's still unlikely that Ennis will play for the Heat this season. Seldom-used players from last season like James Jones and Rashard Lewis stand ahead of Ennis in any short-term plans. With the 2014 off-season standing as a potential transition year for Miami -- with Shane Battier, Ray Allen, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James all free to test free agent waters -- Ennis could play for the team next season. Pat Riley would of course like to keep James, but he'd probably need to revamp the supporting cast with Allen and Battier possibly heading for retirement.

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