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Report: Pat Riley, Erik Spoelstra, LeBron James, and Rob Pelinka Assessing Talent in Los Angeles
- Updated: May 29, 2019
With less than a month before the 2019 NBA Draft takes place, teams are in the process of compiling as much information as possible concerning this year’s prospects.
— Heat Film Room (@miaheatbeat) May 28, 2019
As noted in the tweet, some of those Heat representatives checked out a similar pro day in the area. However, the presence of Pat Riley and Erik Spoelstra at the Klutch Sports get-together indicates the level of importance the team placed on it.
James was there with his son, LeBron James Jr., who’s developed into a tantalizing prospect, though he’s still a few years away from heading to college. The fact that the elder James attended shouldn’t be a surprise, considering he’s represented by his close friend and Klutch Sports founder Rich Paul.
Since the Heat are set to pick 13th in the draft, they have no way of knowing exactly who will be available when it comes time for them to select. The two players who were scouted at the Klutch Sports event offer different talents.
Talen Horton-Tucker is a 6-foot-4 guard out of Iowa State University, who averaged 11.8 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists in his one season with the Cyclones. From a physical standpoint, his sturdy build and impressive wingspan will likely connect with teams looking for help in the backcourt.
Darius Bazley is an interesting, but potentially risky choice. The risk comes from the fact that he turned down a scholarship offer from Syracuse University. He then signed with Paul’s agency and was provided a lucrative internship with New Balance. However, despite sitting out last season, he’s a 6-foot-9 forward who’s blessed with plenty of athleticism.
The NBA draft will take place on June 20 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.