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NBA approves $2.65M exception for Heat

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The Heat will have to open up a roster spot to sign someone with the exception.

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The Miami Heat received a $2.65 million injured player exception today after Josh McRoberts' surgery put him out for the remainder of the season. The Palm Beach Post's Jason Lieser first reported the news.

NBA rules allow teams to apply for these exceptions amounting to half of the injured player's salary. The Heat received the exception after Udonis Haslem suffered a foot injury in 2010, but did not use it.

Miami has to open a roster spot to use the exception. This news comes amid reports that Chris Bosh is on the verge of returning from his calf injury. Free agent Emeka Okafor may draw interest from teams as he recovers from his herniated disk, but any frontcourt player Pat Riley looks to sign will also likely hear from LeBron James and the Cavaliers, who lost Anderson Varejao due to injury. But $2.65 million is more than the veteran's minimum of around $1.4 million most other teams can only offer.

Who do you think the Heat should target with this exception?