The Miami Heat are making the first of three picks at the 2018 lottery, and that means they’re likely to make it.
The Miami Herald’s Greg Wyshynski tweeted that the team is currently preparing for the draft, and according to sources, the team has narrowed its search to Miami-area high school seniors.
The Heat have reportedly narrowed their search to high schoolers in Miami-Dade County and are looking for at least 10 potential picks to take on the 2019 NBA draft, per Wyshyns report.
The team is expected to use that number to target players like Jahlil Okafor, Jamal Murray, and DeAndre Bembry.
The Heat will reportedly be looking for players like Brandon Ingram, Dwayne Bacon, and Malik Beasley, among others.
The draft is scheduled to be held on April 25, 2020, and the first round is slated to be the most anticipated event of the draft.
If the Heat choose to select a player in the second round, they will be able to acquire a 2019 first-round pick in the trade.
However, if the Heat decide to select in the first or second round (the two players selected in the top 10), they will likely have to give up some of their future picks (in this case, a 2019 draft pick).
The Heat are expected to have a hard time making a deal with the Celtics, as they are currently the highest-ranked team in the NBA, and they’re also the team with the second-highest projected draft position.
Boston has the sixth-best odds of winning the lottery, according to ESPN, and if they’re able to land a pick in 2019, it would give the Heat the sixth pick of the 2020 draft.