Question: Ira, why dead weight? Nothing against Drew Smith, but do the Heat have five or six guys who can’t make the NBA roster? – Anthony.
A: Exactly. After Udonis Haslem announced his return for a 20th season, the Heat were short on salary when it came to staying under the luxury tax threshold. So instead of giving false hope to a journeyman or NBA veteran, they added that four will be reassigned to their G League roster, with Drew Smith now likely headed in that direction again, along with rookies Orlando Robinson, Jamari Buia and Jamal Kain. With the possible exception of two players on two-way deals (Marcus Garrett and Darius Dayz), the Heat’s standard 14-man roster has been set for weeks and will remain so until a trade occurs: Haslem, Bam Adebayo, Jimmy Butler, DeWayne Dedman, Tyler Herro, Haywood Highsmith, Nikola Jovich, Kyle Lowry, Caleb Martin, Victor Oladipo, Max Strauss, Duncan Robinson, Gabe Vincent, and Omer Yurtseven.
Q: Celtics ownership has given Brad Stevens the green light to go deep in the tax bracket because they believe they have a true contender. Will Mickey Orson be able to collect the luxury tax to compete for an NBA Championship with our current core? – Carlos, West Park.
A: I’d say no at this point, given that all signs point to the Heat avoiding filling their 15th and final roster spot to stay just under the tax line. Should they? It all boils down to the fact that the player will exceed the threshold of taxation. If they can make a significant upgrade at forward, then it’s worth considering. The longer-term concern is that if Tyler Erro’s contract is extended, you’re talking about significant deals for Tyler, Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo, Kyle Lowry and, to some extent, Duncan Robinson. So delaying the clock on the repeater tax could also be a strategy.
Question: Ira. I read your top 5 Heat point guards of all time, which gave me the idea that you might want to consider ranking the Heat’s Top 5 worst draft picks so that Harold Miner, with his clumsy jump shot, could get a better shot. the recognition he so deserves. Bill, Palm Beach Gardens. – Bill, Palm Beach Gardens.
A: No, let’s celebrate the good times as the Heat turn 35 this season. And while Baby Jordan didn’t quite live up to expectations, Harold Miner’s mere presence gave the Heat a boost when they needed it. And when looking at the Heat’s worst first-rounders, I’m not sure there’s a close second to Martin Muersep.