Five Miami Heat training camp hopefuls will try to displace one or more of the 15 players currently on the team.
The people on the squad now consist of Chris Andersen, Chris Bosh, Mario Chalmers, Luol Deng, Goran Dragic, James Ennis, Gerald Green, Udonis Haslem, Tyler Johnson, Josh McRoberts, Josh Richardson, Amar'e Stoudemire, Dwyane Wade, Hassan Whiteside, and Justise Winslow.
Training camp begins on September 26, with the first exhibition game set on October 4 against the Charlotte Hornets. Whomever they invite will be fighting to make the opening-day team: he will face an uphill battle doing so. There is hope since last year the Miami Heat signed training camper Tyler Johnson later on in the season after a stint in D-League.
This year they can choose from:
- Unsigned free agents with NBA experience
- Summer League standouts who have not been signed
- Last season's intriguing D-League prospects
- Overseas' players (Max Kleber was injured for summer league)
Per dleaguedigest, training camp invitees are known as "bodies," who can earn $15,000-$50,00 to participate. Afterwards, if they do not make the cut, they can be offered a D-League contract by the team (up to $25,000) as an "affiliate player."
Each D-League team can have a maximum of four "affiliate players," which gives a franchise exclusive D-League rights to those players, thus more time to evaluate their potential. "However, if a team does not own the players’ NBA rights via the draft, the player is available to sign an NBA contract with all 30 teams," according to SI.
Other possibilities for players, who do not make the Miami Heat team after training camp, include being signed by another NBA team or playing professional basketball overseas. This gives aspiring ballers a huge incentive to secure an invitation to the pre-season camp.
Heat management has many considerations to decide on whether to keep the roster as it stands now or change it as the salary cap hit is a big one, but that issue only needs to be finalized in 2016.
During August the Heat can waive a player and stretch his salary over twice the number of years left on his contract, plus one. For example, by waiving Chalmers in August his $4,300,000 salary can be stretched to a three-year salary cap hit of only $1,433,333 per season if another team doesn't claim him.
The team can also renounce a player entirely off their salary-cap books, although they still have to pay his full salary. That could still be big savings in luxury taxes and not be forced to give up other assets to make a trade. The Heat are allowed to trade a renounced player in a sign-and-trade agreement before the regular season starts.
After opening day the Miami Heat are free to trade or renounce a player(s), per normal CBA guidelines, during the season to avoid paying the luxury tax after the season.