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Two months after suffering a fractured jaw during the Orlando Summer League tournament, Miami Heat shooting guard Tyler Johnson has been cleared to return to basketball activities. Miami posted this short clip of Johnson back on the practice court at the AmericanAirlines Arena on Tuesday.
A: I would not be surprised, with 13 fully guaranteed contracts and with Tyler Johnson’s partially guaranteed deal, if the Heat open the season either without a 15th player, or with someone not on a guaranteed deal, perhaps cycling through a variety of players with that roster spot. Ennis could elect to bypass his guarantee in order to remain on more of a game-by-game basis, or the Heat could take an extended look at one of their undrafted free agents in camp, perhaps sending one of those players to the D-League while he remains under guaranteed contract. There could be something to be said about retaining flexibility with that roster spot, as long as the Heat believe they have enough depth at small forward. And I believe that remains a question mark.
The only remaining player on a partially guaranteed contract is guard Tyler Johnson, who had 50 percent of his $845,050 2015-16 salary guaranteed on Aug. 1. Otherwise, forward James Ennis has a opening-night guarantee deadline for his entire 2015-16 salary, with recently added free agents Keith Benson, Corey Hawkins and Greg Whittington guaranteed until Jan. 10.
Ira Winderman: Chris Bosh has been hosting seven Heat players for workouts near L.A.: Himself, Wade, Green, Haslem, McRoberts, Chalmers, Whiteside. Plus, Tyler Johnson has been working out in Delray Beach, with Justise Winslow working at Duke and in Miami.
Tyler Johnson’s offseason include a recent trip to Italy with Heat teammate Hassan Whiteside. “We went more for vacation,” Johnson said. “We stopped in at a camp to just talk to some kids, and worked with them a little bit, but it was just vacation, see the world, just see a part of the world I hadn’t seen before.”