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No, the Heat didn’t trade away Bol Bol

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Miami had already agreed to trade the 44th pick before they were on the clock.

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Wednesday afternoon, Bol Bol dominated in his first NBA action — he finished with 16 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks. The 7-foot-2 rookie shot 3s, ran the floor well and made some nice passes. He seemed like the perfect big man for today’s NBA.

On Twitter, fans pointed out that the Miami Heat drafted Bol and immediately traded him to the Denver Nuggets.

But here’s the thing — the Heat had agreed to trade the 44th pick before knowing who’d be available. As Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reported at the time, the Heat decided to trade away the 44th pick about 20 minutes before that pick was on the clock. Miami didn’t pick Bol and then trade him to the Nuggets. The two teams had already agreed on the trade, so the Heat just picked the player Denver wanted.

Of course, we can ask why Miami didn’t have Bol rated higher on their board. All teams had concerns about Bol’s injury history — he played only nine games in college due to a foot injury and didn’t play in any NBA game before the league suspended the season March 11.

But if we do that, then we’d also have to ask how 13 teams passed on Bam Adebayo before Miami picked him with the 14th pick in 2017. Duncan Robinson also played well in his scrimmage last night, going for five 3-pointers. He was an undrafted player who joined Miami’s summer league team in 2018. And he impressed there.

Maybe Bol will continue to play well and prove all those teams that passed on him that they made a mistake. But no team is perfect at drafting and developing talented players. The Heat have grown into one of the best teams at that, so missing out on Bol shouldn’t be considered an inexcusable error.