The Miami Heat have 20 players on the roster, the preseason maximum, and those players will remain with the team for the upcoming road trip, according to the Sun Sentinel.
Spoelstra said all 20 players on the roster, the NBA-preseason maximum, would remain with the team during this two-game trip. The Heat must trim to a maximum of 15 by 5 p.m. Oct. 28, the day before the regular-season opener against the visiting Chicago Bulls.
“Guys see the depth at different positions and they’re not conceding or giving up anything right now,” Spoelstra said.
The Heat play at Washington Tuesday night, and in Brooklyn Thursday night. Both games will be nationally televised (NBATV and TNT respectively).
Roger Mason Jr., who impressed early in the preseason but has been held out of the last two games because of a right quad strain, was back to practicing Monday and should have the opportunity to state his case for a roster spot.
The Heat have a variety of directions they could go with their 15 spots. The Heat have 13 locks to make the roster — LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Mario Chalmers, Udonis Haslem, Ray Allen, Norris Cole, Shane Battier, Greg Oden, Michael Beasley, Chris Andersen, James Jones and Rashard Lewis — leaving two spots up for grabs among the likes of Mason Jr., Joel Anthony, Jarvis Varnado, Larry Drew II, Eric Griffin, Justin Hamilton and Charlie Westbrook.
(I don’t include Anthony as a lock because I still believe there is a chance the team trades him)
The Heat could opt to either keep 15 veterans in the locker room, or use one or two of the remaining spots to send a young player to its new D-League affiliate the Sioux Falls Skyforce.
Given the attention the Heat gave to its search for a third point guard, and how he has been excepted in the locker room, I assume Mason Jr. has the inside track. I also give Anthony and his two rings the edge to round out the Heat’s 15.