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10 p.m. update: At the No. 18 slot that would have belonged to the Heat had it not been dealt in the 2015 trade with the Phoenix Suns for Goran Dragic, the Oklahoma City Thunder selected Florida guard Tre Mann.
The Thunder also own the Heat’s lottery-protected 2023 first-round pick, one sent out in the 2019 offseason in the machinations to add Jimmy Butler.
The Heat own their 2022 first-rounder.
9 p.m. update: If there is to be a revitalized energy in the Heat-Orlando Magic rivalry, it well could be ignited by the Magic’s lottery moves.
Added to the mix Thursday in Orlando were Gonzaga guard Jalen Suggs at No. 5 and then Michigan forward Franz Wagner at No. 8, with the pick acquired from the Chicago Bulls in the Nikola Vucevic trade at last season’s deadline.
If Jonathan Isaac is capable of a comeback from last summer’s ACL injury, Florida’s Turnpike could revitalize NBA competition in the state.
8:30 p.m. update: Florida State forward Scottie Barnes, the West Palm Beach native who played at Cardinal Newman and University School, has been selected at No. 4 by the Toronto Raptors, a bit earlier than some had projected.
Barnes was an All-Atlantic Coast Conference third-team selection, the ACC Freshman of the Year and the ACC Sixth Man of the Year.
8:15 p.m. update: The draft has begun, with Oklahoma State guard Cade Cunningham going No. 1 to the Detroit Pistons, G League Ignite guard Jalen Green going No. 2 to the Houston Rockets and Southern Cal center Evan Mobley going No. 3 to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Details of the Russell Westbrook trade from the Washington Wizards to the Los Angeles Lakers listed below also are coming to light, with the Wizards receiving Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Montrezl Harrell and the No. 22 pick.
7 p.m. update: An hour ahead of the NBA draft and apparently already an impactful move in the Miami Heat’s division, with reports that Russell Westbrook soon will be joining LeBron James and Anthony Davis with the Los Angeles Lakers.
With Westbrook moving on, the deal changes the face of the Washington Wizards, who finished six games behind the Heat last season in the Southeast Division, with the teams to meet four times this coming season.
Adding further intrigue is how the deal, which cannot be completed until the start of the NBA’s 2021-22 cap calendar on Aug. 6, impacts Wizards guard Bradley Beal, who has drawn repeated trade interest from the Heat.
6:30 p.m. update: The Minnesota Timberwolves reportedly have dealt veteran point guard Ricky Rubio, who currently is competing for Spain at the Tokyo Olympics, to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Taurean Prince, a 2022 second-round pick and cash.
The deal could be of interest to the Heat considering Miami has been speculated as a possible landing spot should the Cavaliers opt to move Collin Sexton ahead of the window for his rookie-scale extension.
6 p.m. update: Two hours before the draft the Miami Heat remain without a selection in either of the two rounds.
However, the market for the purchase of a pick was set earlier in the day, when the Philadelphia 76ers purchased the No. 53 pick in the second round from the New Orleans Pelicans for $2 million.
The Heat have up to $5.6 million remaining in their 2020-21 NBA spending allotment to purchase picks, should they so opt and should there be availability.
Why no picks going in: The Heat’s first-round pick, which landed at No. 18 by virtue of their 40-32 finish in 2020-21 and No. 6 Eastern Conference finish, initially was dealt at the 2015 NBA trading deadline to the Phoenix Suns in the deal that landed guard Goran Dragic.
The pick since has been forwarded to the Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Clippers and, ultimately, the Oklahoma City Thunder, who hold that Thursday No. 18 slot.
The Heat’s second-round pick, which wound up at No. 48, was dealt to the Portland Trail Blazers at the 2016 NBA trading deadline as part of the salary dump of guard Brian Roberts, with the pick then moving on to the Sacramento Kings and then the Atlanta Hawks, who hold that No. 48 Thursday slot.