Today is the deadline for the Miami Heat to apply for the $5.5 million salary cap exception due to Dion Waiters season-ending surgery.
Heat have not formally commented, but expect by the end of the day they will confirm applying for the $5.5 million disabled-player exception for Dion Waiters' absence. Today is the deadline to apply.— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) January 15, 2018
“Heat have not formally commented, but expect by the end of the day they will confirm applying for the $5.5 million disabled-player exception for Dion Waiters’ absence. Today is the deadline to apply.”
The problem is creating a roster spot for anyone they sign with the exception. Either the Heat release a player or do a 2 for 1 or 3 for 2 trade before the Feb. 8th deadline.
Also Miami will not replace the their current two-way players, Derrick Walton Jr. or Derrick Jones Jr..
The Heat will not be making a move at today's deadline for signing players to two-way contracts this season, leaving Derrick Jones Jr. and Derrick Walton Jr. as their two-way players.— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) January 15, 2018
If Miami decides to convert either two-contract to a standard NBA contract, the Heat would need to make space on the current 15-man squad.
Coach Erik Spoelstra has a winning combination with his current 9-man rotation and the Miami Heat are a top-4 Eastern Conference team today. DeMarcus Cousins and Paul George haven’t placed their teams in the top-4.
With Rodney McGruder returning before the playoffs, how should Spoelstra and company approach the situation?