Mark Murphy: Team spokesman said Smart expected to miss unspecified amount of time with sprained thumb. Severity of injury still being determined.
January 16, 2019 | 7:45 pm EST Update
David Cobb: Robert Pera made a quick trip to town early this week. He didn’t stick around for tonight’s Grizz vs. Bucks game. Also of note: J.B. Bickerstaff said just now that he’s been given no indication from the front office that the goals for this season have changed.
January 16, 2019 | 6:52 pm EST Update
The agent for Heat guard Wayne Ellington has had conversations with Heat officials regarding his limited role and his future with the team, two people briefed on the conversations said this week. According to a team source, the Heat is aware that Ellington wants to play. But the Heat conveyed to Ellington’s camp that it values Ellington and no promises were made.
Ellington told the Miami Herald previously that he would not rule out going to Heat management and asking to trade him to a team where he can play more. Ellington, signed to a one-year, $6.3 million contract, has the right to approve any trade. Dealing Ellington might make sense for Miami because the Heat’s current tax bill would be $9.7 million if payroll isn’t lowered by the final day of the regular season. But there is no ownership edict to get back under the tax line and that would be difficult to achieve anyway. One challenge with dealing Ellington is that Miami might need to take a contract back. Only a few teams can absorb a contract such as Ellington’s without sending money back to Miami. One is Sacramento, which has $11 million in cap space. Detroit, Denver and Charlotte have trade exceptions exceeding $6 million.