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Today is injury application deadline for Dion Waiters season-ending surgery

How should Heat use the $5.5 million available after Waiters injury?

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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.”

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..

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?