For NBA fans, the last few days of July are quiet. But the Miami Heat have been busy at work to trim the roster and avoid luxury tax payments for the 2015-16 season. Within the last 24 hours, Miami has traded Shabazz Napier and Zoran Dragic, the brother of the now handsomely-paid Heat point guard Goran Dragic, and waived Henry Walker. The salary dumps of Napier and Zoran Dragic saved the Heat about $9 million in luxury tax payments and $3 million in team payroll.
Additionally, the Sun-Sentinel's Ira Winderman tweeted about some other impending Heat moves.
Expect Heat to next offer multi-year deal to second-round pick Josh Richardson with partial guarantees, similar to Ennis 2nd-round deal.— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) July 27, 2015
Sun Sentinel has confirmed that James Ennis' guarantee date has been pushed to start of season. Aug. 1 50-percent date now off the table.— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) July 27, 2015
Some finalization of approach needed with Ennis' guarantee but sides apparently will agree Ennis will remain non-guaranteed for near future— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) July 27, 2015
Winderman also reported today that the Heat will pick up Tyler Johnson's 50-percent contract guarantee by Saturday's deadline, signaling that his spot on the roster is safe. Center Hassan Whiteside also has that deadline for his contract, and the Heat will undoubtedly keep the surprise of the 2014-15 season.
Assuming that Josh Richardson, Whiteside, Johnson and Ennis will stay with Miami, the Heat roster would stand at 15. That, of course, includes Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Goran Dragic, Luol Deng, Justise Winslow, Amar'e Stoudemire, Gerald Green, Josh McRoberts and Udonis Haslem.
That also includes Mario Chalmers and Chris Andersen. And Winderman reported that the Heat are linked to bids to trade those two players. With Dragic now anointed as the Heat's starting point guard and young players Johnson and Richardson behind him, it may finally be the end of Chalmers' stint in Miami. And the 37-year-old Chris "Birdman" Andersen may not find much playing time in a power rotation that includes Bosh, Whiteside, Stoudemire and McRoberts.
If these last couple days have shown Heat fans anything, it's that Pat Riley is far from done with tinkering with this roster. Stay tuned, even if it is almost August.