The Miami Heat had have clearly had an eventful offseason.
After clearing out their entire roster aside from point guards Norris Cole and Shabazz Napier, they Heat lost star forward LeBron James to the the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Heat responded by bringing back big man Chris Bosh, point guard Mario Chalmers and guard Dwyane Wade. They also agreed to terms with former Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers’ forward Luol Deng.
Now, the Heat have added another player to their roster, signing forward James Ennis.
“We were excited to draft James a year ago and have been impressed by the growth of his game in Summer League and Puerto Rico, as well as his terrific experience in Australia, leading Perth to a championship,” said team president Pat Riley in a statement. “We are looking forward to the infusion of energy he will bring to our roster.”
Ennis has played in six Summer League games for the Heat and has been fantastic. He’s averaged averaged 15.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.3 steals per game while shooting 51.7% from the field, 48.1% from three-point range and 80.0% from the foul line.
Ennis averaged 21.2 points per game, 7.2 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game and shot 46.8% from the field while playing for the Perth Wildcats in the 2013-2014 season. He was named to the 2014 All-NBL first team and finished third in MVP voting. He then signed with Piratas de Quebradillas in Puerto Rico, but left after just 12 games.
Ennis was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks with the 50th-overall pick in the second round of the 2013 NBA Draft and was traded to the Heat. Ennis attended three different colleges - Oxnard College (2009–2010), Ventura College (2010–2011) and Long Beach State (2011–2013).