s Hassan Whiteside's minutes continue to remain a focus, there is another timing issue at play at the Miami Heat's power rotation, and the team’s return to practice Wednesday could offer some clarity in regard to Kelly Olynyk. In order to maximize their salary-cap flexibility in the offseason, the Heat turned to bonuses with Dion Waiters and Olynyk when it came to their playing time. With Waiters, the bonus was $1.1 million for appearing in at least 70 games. That possibility was erased with Waiters' Jan. 23 ankle surgery, ending his season after 30 appearances. But Olynyk remains on the clock, with a $1 million bonus for playing at least 1,700 minutes during the regular season, which would eclipse his previous career high of 1,538 in 2016-17 with the Boston Celtics. As with Waiters' $1.1 million, it was accepted by the NBA as an "unlikely" bonus, and therefore did not count immediately against the Heat's cap, affording the contract flexibility to bring back guard Wayne Ellington amid the team's July machinations.
Heat's Kelly Olynyk has $1 million in incentive for return from shoulder injury
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | Feb 21