Can Miami Heat and Pat Riley get the most out of 10-day players?
A: First of all, appreciate the thought involved here, with a lot of stuff to unpack. First and foremost is the Kyle Guy Postman, with his 10 day emergency contract ending. First, if Gabe Vincent or Marcus Garrett aren’t ready to come back from protocols just yet, it could be as simple as extending another 10-day emergency to Kyle as that type of contract doesn’t count towards the cap or the tax. But the biggest problem is the need. With Max Strus and Duncan Robinson back, and back on their games, and with Gabe close, it gives Heat the depth of the shot, to the point where the minutes wouldn’t be there for Kyle Guy. So, the question is, which is the most important long-term development project: Kyle Guy because of his shooting, or Marcus Garrett because of his defense? You can keep one of the two in both directions and not impact the cap or the tax. As for Caleb Martin, there is no doubt that he will be converted to a standard contract ahead of the playoffs. Don’t worry, he’ll end up being eligible for the playoffs, although it will take until the last day of the season for that two-part contract to convert. And while I find myself backing Chris Silva, keep in mind that his minutes came with Bam Adebayo, Dewayne Dedmon, Markieff Morris and KZ Okpala sidelined. This need will eventually disappear. As for KZ Okpala, yes, his fate could well serve as an avenue to open the door to freeing up another spot on the list, if that’s what the front office deems necessary.