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Cash sent by Heat to Hawks could set the price for late 2nd round picks

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The cash which the Miami Heat sent to the Atlanta Hawks in their recent trade could set the price for late second round picks in the 2019 NBA Draft on Thursday.

Miami reportedly sent $1.88 million in cash to the Hawks for the No.44 pick in the draft. Atlanta also received a future conditional second-round pick in the deal.

Before the deal, the Heat don’t have a second-round pick. Now, they have the 13th and 44th selections — though it remains to be seen which player they are targeting in the second round of a relatively weak class.

On the other hand, the deal now leaves the Hawks with a total of five draft picks. They will select thrice in the first round (the 8th, 10th, and 17th overall picks) and twice in the second round (35th and 41st overall picks).

The Hawks are unlikely to keep all five of their picks, and it’s doubtful they would want to have five rookies next season. With that said, Atlanta is expected to make more trades. There have been reports that the team is looking to move up in the draft.

Both the Heat and Hawks missed the playoffs in the 2018-19 NBA season. Let’s hope this pre-draft deal is a step in the right direction for both clubs.