MIAMI -- The Miami Heat wanted James Ennis to play in the D-League. But he has his family to worry about.
Ennis, taken with the No. 50 pick by Atlanta in June's draft and then traded to Miami, will play next season for the Perth Wildcats in Australia. But Ennis said Sunday that wasn't the Heat's preference.
"They wanted me to go the D-League," Ennis said by phone to FOX Sports Florida. "I basically put my family first. My family is struggling (financially), and I want to help support them. So that's why I'm going (to Australia)."
The Heat wanted the swingman to not come to training camp and hopefully join the D-League's Sioux Falls (S.D.) Skyforce. The Heat recently entered into a sole-affiliation agreement with the team, so that would have enabled them to look after Ennis closely with coaches they control while retaining his rights.
But D-League players don't make more than 25,000 for a season unless they are on an NBA contract. And the Heat didn't want Ennis to be in the D-Lea...