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Heat earn bonuses for playoff finish

The Heat earned a bonus for finishing with the sixth-best record in the East this season.

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A year ago, the Miami Heat missed out on a chance to make a playoff appearance because they lost the tiebreaker against the eighth-seeded Chicago Bulls. Now, Miami is back in the playoffs — and received a nice bonus for winning the tiebreaker against the seventh-seeded Milwaukee Bucks.

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel’s Ira Winderman reported today that the Heat received a $135,263 bonus for finishing with the sixth-best record in the Eastern Conference. That bonus will be split amongst all the Heat’s players.

Additionally, Winderman said that the Heat will receive a $298,485 payment for playing in the first round of the playoffs.

Of course, the Heat would not have been able to draft Bam Adebayo if they had made the playoffs last year. Miami traded this year’s draft pick to the Phoenix Suns as part of the Goran Dragic trade; the Heat did not have to trade their first-round pick last year because their selection was lottery-protected.