The Miami Heat will begin the Orlando Summer League soon, and they have already put together a list pretty solid to start the exhibition games beginning July 4.
From the team they have: Justise Winslow, Josh Richardson, Shabazz Napier, Tyler Johnson, Zoran Dragic, Henry Walker. and James Ennis. That's 4 guys who played consistent minutes for the Heat at some point last season, and their two new rookies. By having them all play, it gives the Heat a better look at how they have progressed, and helps the rookies begin to adjust to NBA rules.
But on top of that, they have invited some other players as well. Maybe some hoping to make the roster, or be invited to be a part of the Sioux Falls Skyforce in the D-League - which saw a few Heat players get called up from the team.
He's a 6'10 center from London. He won the Big Ten's Sixth Man of the Year Award last year at Iowa. He never averaged double figures or more than 19 MPG in college, so he's nowhere near a sharpened player, He's thin at 225.
If Gabe was thin, he's thick at 350 lbs. Another 6'10 center, he's from Georgetown looking to get down in weight and make a team. He's a great offensive rebounder and will get some time in the SL, but that's probably it.
A 6'8 forward from Northern Iowa is an intriguing prospect. He averaged 15.3 PPG last year and won the MVC Player of the Year Award. He's got good size and shooting and can put the ball on the floor. Don't be surprised to see him play well, and possibly be invited to camp.
A 6'0 point guard from Michigan State will get some time behind Shabazz Napier in the SL. Trice led the Spartans in scoring last year. There's a long shot for him in the long run behind Goran Dragic, Shabazz Napier and possibly Mario Chalmers, but you never know as he is a ready player.
He's a 6'9 forward who has been around a bit for a few years. He's played in the league and D-League and now being invited to SL with the Heat to see if he fits in.
Maxi has been playing in Spain and he's a tall versatile forward. Again, and intriguing prospect who didn't score much (11 PPG), but has some raw skills that make you wonder. We will see how he fits in.
The A10 Player of the Year from Davidson is a 6'4 shooting guard. He will need to really impress to make a camp invite in front of two other wing players the Heat drafted.
Juwan Howard, Jr.
The Heat are expected to make a formal announcement on their roster soon.