It's not about the minutes, or at least about the money. Mostly, Kelly Olynyk wants to play, wants the opportunity to produce amid this uneven integration into the Miami Heat rotation. And yet, because of how his contract is written, it very much is about the minutes, because the minutes are about the money. As part of the Heat's creative accounting last summer that allowed them to keep most of their core and add Olynyk in free agency, the outside-shooting 7-footer has a contract bonus that pays $1 million beyond his $10.6 million salary if he plays at least 1,700 minutes this season. Based on appearing in all 82 games, that breaks down to 20.7 minutes per game. Based on Erik Spoelstra's scant utilization of his newcomer, Olynyk already is in chase mode, averaging 18.5 minutes going into Friday night's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center at the start of a four-game trip. And that doesn't even factor in games Olynyk could potentially miss. "I mean, it's obviously nice to get," Olynyk said. "I mean, it's not a concern, but you're doing whatever you can. I'm playing my minutes whenever they're handed to me and whenever you're out there. But it's not something that you're stressing about or striving toward. "You want to be able to play minutes to help the team succeed, to help the team win, and whatever comes with that, comes with that." What's been coming his way have been the leftover minutes behind starting center Hassan Whiteside, which meant 19:52 of action in Wednesday's 104-98 victory over the Boston Celtics.
Heat's Kelly Olynyk not stressed about hitting minutes-based $1 million bonus
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | Nov 25