ASK IRA: Has Heat’s developmental program come through again?

A: I’m not sure there necessarily will be room, based on where things stand both against the hard cap and the luxury tax. As it is, the Heat could open the season with as few as 13 players. At the moment, they already have 13, when counting Bam Adebayo, Meyers Leonard, Kelly Olynyk, James Johnson and second-round pick KZ Okpala in the power rotation, with Goran Dragic, Jimmy Butler, Justise Winslow, Tyler Herro, Dion Waiters, Derrick Jones Jr. and possibly Kendrick Nunn and Duncan Robinson on the wing. Of course, it’s still early in the process, with teams allowed to carry as many 20 players during the offseason. Still, it could be a case of Udonis Haslem having to bide his time until the Heat get into the season.