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Heat waive Johnson, give Strus roster spot

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Strus knocked down six 3-pointers in Friday’s win over the Toronto Raptors.

Miami Heat v Toronto Raptors Photo by Scott Audette/NBAE via Getty Images

The Miami Heat’s 17-player roster is now set after the team waived BJ Johnson and converted Max Strus’ deal to a two-way contract.

The move was not surprising after Strus knocked down six 3-pointers in last night’s 117-105 victory over the Toronto Raptors. The Heat have also had their eye on Strus for quite some time; Greg Sylvander of the 5 Reasons Sports Network said that Miami would try to sign Strus before the 2019 NBA Draft.

Point guard Gabe Vincent already has the Heat’s other two-way roster spot. Players on two-way contracts can appear in up to 50 of their team’s 72 games during the regular season.

Just in the past few years, Derrick Jones Jr. and Duncan Robinson have leaped from the two-way roster spot and found key rotation roles with Miami. Chris Silva had his two-way contract converted into a standard deal at mid-season last year.

Because of the pandemic, the Heat could end up needing all of their roster spots at some point this season. Who knows what happens if a few Miami players test positive for COVID-19? A James Harden trade would also elevate some players from the back of the bench to getting regular rotation minutes.