Asking and answering Heat questions heading into the start of training camp on Tuesday:

• So who starts at small forward?

We’re told this is a complete toss-up, with Justise Winslow, Josh Richardson and dark horse Rodney McGruder all having a legitimate chance.

Though the Heat in the past has spoken of McGruder ideally as a bench player long term, Miami was 36-29 when he started last season and he cannot be discounted.

Though Winslow has as good a chance as any of the three, he will not be gifted the job. It was telling that unlike in the summer of 2016, Pat Riley declined to answer directly in July when asked if he views Winslow as a likely starter. Or more likely, coach Erik Spoelstra, who is proficient at accentuating players’ strengths, must craft a different type of game for him that works effectively alongside teammates.

Miami was 3-12 when he started last season, and he must prove he can fit into the style that worked so well for the Heat after the All-Star break, with one big and four floor-spacers who can shoot.

Richardson, a natural guard, has become a viable option because the Heat believes he has the size (6-6) and length to defend opposing small forwards, something he has done in large doses in the past. In fact, he played 80 percent of his minutes at small forward last season, according to basketballreference.com.

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