The Miami Heat still have time before March 1, 2017 to pick up a playoff-eligible player. However to make room the roster needs to be pared below their current 15 player maximum.
Terrence Jones was waived by the New Orleans Pelicans, therefore he could be picked up before March 1 and participate in post-season play for another team. Miami still has five days to tweak their roster for a motivational change, so current players don’t feel too comfortable in their roles with several difficult contests coming up.
Waiving Josh McRoberts under the stretch provision would be an interesting strategy, except a waived player cannot be resigned for a year, a la Jarnell Stokes last season. Per the NBA’s CBA, can a player be waived if he holds a player option in the future?
Even though the Heat were quiet during the trading period, they will have an open roster space after the Chris Bosh situation resolves itself to pick up someone who has been on a NBA team this season, and still participate in post-season action.
The question remains whether anything should be done before the March 1 deadline for playoff eligibility? At the start of the season draft picks Justise Winslow and Josh Richardson felt entitled to their playing time, although Erik Spoelstra emphasizes every minute has to be earned through a 150% commitment on the court.
Dion Waiters agreed his benching during a game was deserved since he was not doing his job at full capacity at that time. The addition of T. Jones would send the message that being on the Miami Heat team should not be taken for granted: because other players would gladly desire to be part of the Heat culture.
Interestingly the Sacramento Kings won convincingly after trading away DeMarcus Cousins, while the New Orleans Pelicans lost with him. Makes a fan wonder about the value of big men in today’s NBA. Quality perimeter scoring threats and defenders have emerged as important ingredients on a winning team.