Whoever the Heat draft probably won't sign a second contract — unless it's a generational superstar


Dwyane Wade was a Miami Heat member for all of 13 years. He was the longest tenured Heatle drafted inside the top-14, which is the Heat’s first-round pick (No. 14) this year.

The next longest-tenured Heat member drafted inside No. 14 is Rony Seikaly, who served under two Miami head coaches for six years (1988-94) before he departed for Golden State Warriors. Glen Rice, drafted No. 4 in 1989, followed suit, spending six years with Miami.

Through 1990-92, the Heat drafted inside the top twelve three consecutive times (No. 9, 5 and 12), respectively; only one of those players stayed for more than three years. After that, besides Wade in 2003, the Heat have yet to keep a player drafted inside No. 14 for more than two years. That includes Khalid Reeves (drafted in 1994), Kurt Thomas (1995), Caron Butler (2002) and Michael Beasley (2008). Time will tell for Justise Winslow (2015), who has now spent two seasons with the Heat. Still, his second season was spent sidelined with a torn labrum, limiting him to only 18 games played. With big free agent names swirling around, Winslow’s name has been tossed into a few trade scenarios. And given the way the game is going (pace and space, and shooting), it wouldn’t be shocking if the Heat would toss Winslow into a deal.

History has shown — barring an MVP-worthy talent the Miami Heat hasn’t had much luck in the first round of the NBA draft. Though, second rounders and 10-day contracts have proven successful for Miami these past few season. Between Josh Richardson, Tyler Johnson, and Rodney McGruder, the Heat have been capitalizing on the market deficiency of forgotten players — not to mention their burgeoning business of shining up disenchanted dynamos. First-year Heatles, Dion Waiters and James Johnson — even Wayne Ellington — had more than competitive seasons throughout Miami’s 2016-17 campaign.

According to history: Whoever the Heat draft may never sign a second contract — unless they pick a generational superstar.

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