With Josh McRoberts sidelined indefinitely due to a foot injury, Ira Winderman of The South Florida Sun Sentinel explores the Heat‘s options, concluding that it probably doesn’t make sense for Miami to cut the veteran forward anytime soon. The Heat could stretch the cap hit for McRoberts’ 2017/18 player option ($6MM+) over multiple seasons if they were to waive him, but there’s no immediate need to clear a roster spot, so it makes sense to stick with him for now.
Here’s more from around the Southeast division:
- When he was on a minimum salary contract, Hassan Whiteside‘s production was considered a bonus, but as a maximum salary player, the Heat center has had to adjust to new expectations. Shandel Richardson of The South Florida Sun Sentinel takes a look at how Whiteside has dealt with the transition from relative unknown to face of the franchise.
- Aaron Gordon and Elfrid Payton sat in on the Magic‘s recruiting pitch for Bismack Biyombo this past summer, and some of the things they talked about during that meeting are starting to come to fruition, writes Josh Robbins of The Orlando Sentinel. Robbins pointed to Monday night’s win – in which Gordon scored 30 points, Payton added 16, and Biyombo had a double-double – as an example of Orlando’s roster beginning to jell.
- Within a mailbag for the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Chris Vivlamore tackles questions related to Tiago Splitter‘s health, Mike Scott‘s drug case, and potential trades for the Hawks.