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Truehoop Network Mock Draft: The Heat select

The official ESPN Truehoop Network Mock Draft is now underway and here are the previous draft picks... 1. Washington – John Wall (Kyle Weidie of Truth About It.net) 2. Philadelphia – Evan Turner (Carey Smith of Philadunkia) 3. New Jersey – Derrick Favors (Sebastian Pruiti of NetsAreScorching) 4. Minnesota – Wesley Johnson (Zach Harper of A Wolf Among Wolves) 5. Sacramento – DeMarcus Cousins (Zach Harper of Cowbell Kingdom) 6. Golden State – Greg Monroe (Rasheed Malek of WarriorsWorld.net) 7. Detroit – Ekpe Udoh (Dan Feldman of PistonPowered) 8. L.A. Clippers – Al-Farouq Aminu (D.J. Foster of ClipperBlog) 9. Utah – Xavier Henry (Spencer Hall of Salt City Hoops) 10. Indiana – Paul George (Tim Donahue of Eight Points, Nine Seconds) 11. New Orleans – Cole Aldrich (Joe Gerrity of Hornets247) 12. Memphis – Ed Davis (Chip Crain of 3 Shades of Blue) 13. Toronto – Avery Bradley (Zarar Siddiqi of Raptors Republic) 14. Houston – Patrick Patterson (Matt Moore of Hardwood Paroxysm) 15. Milwaukee – Gordon Hayward (Jeremy Schmidt of Bucksketball.com) 16. Minnesota – Hassan Whiteside (Zach Harper of A Wolf Among Wolves) 17. Chicago – Luke Babbitt (Matt Moore of Hardwood Paroxysm) With the 18th pick in the draft, I've selected Eric Bledsoe out of Kentucky for the Miami Heat.

The Heat, as reported by Adrian Wojnarowski, may be looking to move the pick for cash. Even if they weren't planning on keeping the pick that seems unlikely that they would just sell it given that it's one of the few trade pieces the Heat hold that could be packaged in a deal with another Heat player or two. Selling it after all the scouting the Heat has done and how many workouts they've held for prospects would be pretty anticlimactic. Perhaps these sources are getting confused with the Heat's three second round picks but regardless the Heat would love to have Bledsoe fall this far into the draft. Here's what Raptors Republic's phdsteve said about Bledsoe during our draft conversation earlier this month...

Surya: Could a player like Avery Bradley and Erik Bledsoe be available for the Heat at #18 and could they step up and be a starting PG on a team with two potential max players? Are there any other PGs to keep an eye out for at this pick or in the second round? phdsteve: In a word… no. I would be shocked if Bradley was still there at 18, whereas Bledsoe will also probably be gone but there is a better chance that he could potentially be there. I think both guards could help the Heat based on the type of offensive system they like to run...Bledsoe having played next to John Wall all season at Kentucky is used to playing pg off a guard who needs the ball in his hands and therefore could also be a nice fit in Miami.

So there you have it. The Boston Celtics are now on the clock for the 19th pick...