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Report: Ennis aware he needs to play better

The Miami Heat have a plethora of wing players on the roster and a few will be waived. James Ennis is one of those players could lose his spot and he may learn his fate on Aug. 1. If Ennis is not waived on or before that date, he will earn 50 percent salary protection for the upcoming season. Ennis knows he has the talent to play in the NBA, but so far has not fully shown his skills. From Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald:

    "Ennis began what he called a 'terrible' run in summer league, one that ended Friday with some dismal numbers: 29.7 percent shooting (19 for 64) in seven games, 2 for 23 on three-pointers, 7.3 points per game and more than twice as many turnovers (23) as assists (11). He made no tangible improvement in two offseason points of emphasis: shooting and ball-handling. And now Ennis’ roster spot could be at risk. ... Knee tendinitis has bothered him this summer, but he’s not using that as an excuse. ... Because Erik Spoelstra wants to play faster at times, he is expected to experiment with several small lineups during stretches. The 6-7 Ennis said he could play guard or either forward position in those lineups. He said he played power forward at least twice last season and is prepared to again. But all that depends on whether Ennis is even on the team. His chances could hinge partly on whether Miami can dump a veteran or two in trades. The Heat has 17 players, plus unsigned second-round pick Josh Richardson, and is trying to trade Mario Chalmers. Asked whether the roster situation is weighing on him, Ennis said: 'Everything enters my mind.'"