Q: Even with most of the roster missing in Tuesday’s game, they still did not need Dewayne Dedmon. If that’s not a sign it’s time to move on, I don’t know what is. – Sor.
A: In many ways, the Heat had moved on from Dewayne Dedmon even before Tuesday night’s words with Erik Spoelstra and subsequent ejection. That became apparent with how the team had used Orlando Robinson first ahead of Dewayne recently, and then the decision to start Orlando ahead of Dewayne when Bam Adebayo was not available Tuesday night. But nothing will happen immediately, because it can’t. Dewayne is not trade eligible until Sunday, and the Heat cannot afford to eat his salary. What the Heat have to do is find a trade partner who can send less back in salary, so the Heat then can shift Orlando from his two-way contract and still remain below the luxury tax. In a perfect world (and this sounds odd), the best outcome for the Heat would be for the NBA to issue Dewayne a multiple-game suspension for his sending an item on the court, which would mean the Heat then could save on Dedmon’s contract against the luxury tax. This could be the rare case where a team lobbies for a longer suspension. If the Heat were to suspend Dewayne for his tiff with Spoelstra, there would be no rebate on the salary cap or tax.
Q: Man, Victor Oladipo is making plays. – Seth.
A: That he is, from somehow coming up with that loose ball after it appeared the Heat squandered the rebound on a missed Thunder free throw, to his vision in seeing Jimmy Butler cutting to the basket for the winning score. The Heat have not had many players willing to play at speed in recent seasons. Victor Oladipo has provided a welcomed change of pace.
Q: We’re never going to play our four main guys together consistently. SMH. – C.B.
A: Correct. Instead, the wheel of lineups seemingly will remain in perpetual motion.