UPDATE: The South Florida Sun-Sentinel’s Ira Winderman reported that both Reddish and Porter misspoke, and that neither has a meeting with the Heat at the Draft Combine.
Turns out Kevin Porter Jr. and Cam Reddish misspoke, neither with a Heat interview at the Combine. Not unusual for players to presume such sessions.— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) May 17, 2019
The Miami Heat didn’t get lucky in Tuesday’s NBA Draft lottery, as the three-time NBA champion franchise stayed put with the 13th overall pick in the upcoming draft. But the Heat have already scheduled workouts with intriguing prospects, including Cam Reddish from Duke and Kevin Porter Jr. from USC.
Duke wing Cam Reddish said he's scheduled to meet with the Heat tomorrow.— David Wilson (@DBWilson2) May 16, 2019
Kevin Porter Jr. still feels like he should be a top-five pick, but off-court issues could make him a steal for the Heat at No. 13. "After this whole experience and everything, I feel like I’m going to be back to where I was supposed to be." https://t.co/InJIBF0fWR pic.twitter.com/HDXHwSI5OQ— David Wilson (@DBWilson2) May 16, 2019
Despite coming into his lone season at Duke with comparisons to Paul George, the 6-foot-8 Reddish disappointed in college. He shot just 33.3 percent on 3-point attempts—and took more than seven 3s per game. The knock on him is that he has all the tools, but hasn’t put it all together. Think more Andrew Wiggins than Paul George.
Will he fall to the Heat at No. 13? He apparently has heard that he’ll go in the No. 3-10 range, so a couple teams would need to pass on him. If he’s available, can the Heat help him hone his tools so he can be an All-Star player?
Porter Jr., who is 6-foot-6, is more likely to be available by the time the Heat get on the clock. He was suspended for two weeks in January, but said that his struggles have made him “more accountable, and more responsible.” If the Heat are drafting strictly for talent, Porter might be the person to pick.
Should the Heat take a risk on Porter? Miami’s history with players who have had noted off-the-court issues is a mixed bag. Michael Beasley never lived up to his potential with the Heat, but Lamar Odom had a great 2003-04 year after a rocky start to his career with the Los Angeles Clippers — including two suspensions in eight months for violating the NBA’s drug policy. As a result, the Clippers didn’t match the Heat’s offer sheet to Odom as a restricted free agent.