SB Nation’s sister site Bright Side of the Sun recently published a piece titled Suns host Brandon Clarke for private workout.
Brandon Clarke was at the Suns’ facility presumably for a private workout. Phoenix also met with Clarke at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago.— Evan Sidery (@esidery) June 10, 2019
Even though it would be perceived by some as a reach, Clarke is the best fit for immediate impact at No. 6. pic.twitter.com/2lIc2aHL1L
“Brandon Clarke was at the Suns’ facility presumably for a private workout. Phoenix also met with Clarke at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago. Even though it would be perceived by some as a reach, Clarke is the best fit for immediate impact at No. 6.”
The article states,
“He [Clarke] will be 23 years old at the start of next season, but his defensive versatility and basketball IQ make him an ideal frontcourt pairing alongside Deandre Ayton long-term.”
#12 – Brandon Clarke
#13 – Rui Hachimura
#14 – PJ Washington
For argument’s sake let’s say Clarke becomes available for Miami, what kind of trade package might work to snag the Sun’s number six selection?
The simplest one involving the Heat would be Goran Dragic (if he opts in before draft night) plus its own spot at #13 for the Sun’s selection at #6 plus salary fillers such as T.J. Warren and Josh Jackson.
Most likely a third or even fourth team would be involved to facilitate a package deal if Miami desires to move Warren’s and/or Jackson’s contracts.
As a side note, although Jackson failed miserably to live up to the expectations of a #4 pick in 2017, he might relate better to the cerebral style of basketball coach Erik Spoelstra is comfortable with.
Interestingly Jamal Crawford, who’s in the video above, currently mentors Kevin Porter Jr. through the draft process, although Jackson got in serious trouble with a felony arrest last month in Miami Gardens.
The choices at pick six could include these among others:
#4 Darius Garland PG
#5 De’Andre Hunter SF
#6 Jarrett Culver SG
#7 Coby White PG
The entire scenario hinges on Dragic deciding to exercise the fifth year option of his contract with Miami.
In this hypothetical deal Miami would clear some cap space and get a higher selection in the draft.
Obviously some sort of guarantees need to be in place for this transaction to happen, but most certainly NBA teams are in touch to discuss possibilities before draft night on June 20.
The tl;dr version is Miami might be scouting prospects outside of the mid-teen range in case of draft-night and free agency moves that mesh with its strategic goals.
As previously mentioned, ‘Everything on the table’ for potential Heat moves may apply for the team this summer.
Minus Dwyane Wade the Heat might steer the franchise in an entirely new direction in the coming years.