FOX Sports Florida's Chris Tomasson reported today that James Ennis, Miami's 2013 NBA Draft acquisition, will likely play for a team overseas this year. Ennis' agent, Scott Nichols, said that he has discussed with teams in France, Russia, Australia, Italy and Germany.
With the signing of Greg Oden, Miami now has 13 players under guaranteed contracts. Additionally, former second-round pick Jarvis Varnado has a non-guaranteed contract. Ennis' decision to play overseas gives the Heat the ability to retain his draft rights while not having him take up a roster spot. The Heat could sign another veteran (or two) to fill out the roster, and could also opt to go into the season with 13 or 14 players. Miami's amnesty of Mike Miller signals that Micky Arison is concerned about the more punitive luxury tax penalties that kick in this season.
Nichols said that he envisions Ennis playing for the Heat during the 2014-15 season. Shane Battier, Ray Allen, James Jones and Rashard Lewis will all become free agents after this season, and some of those players could retire. Ennis averaged 14.3 points per game in the Orlando Summer League games and 12.7 points in the Las Vegas Summer League tournament. Ennis has some tools that make him an intriguing prospect -- he's athletic, versatile and can make the 3-point shot. Hopefully he can get some playing time overseas, develop his game and come to Miami ready to contribute.
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