The Atlanta Hawks selected James Ennis with the 50th pick of the draft last night, only to flip him to the Miami Heat shortly after for a future second round pick and cash considerations, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
Ennis had been trending upwards in the months leading up to the draft after winning the Big West Player of the Year award and wowing scouts at the combine with his athleticism. The Long Beach State senior stands in at 6’7, weighs 200 pounds and has the physical attributes to be a solid wing player in the NBA. It is of note that Shane Battier’s contract is set to expire after next season, so this might be the Heat taking initiative in finding his eventual replacement.
The transaction was presumably agreed upon before the actual pick, and overall it serves well for both sides. The Heat scored a solid young prospect in Ennis, while Hawks stashed some extra money to gear up for the upcoming free-agency period, which officially begins Monday, July 1st at 12:01 a.m.