Miami Heat Mailbag: Okaro White’s future; more on Wade and Butler

Okaro White celebrates Miami's the win over the Nets last week at the Barclays Center (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Heat forward Okaro White celebrates Miami’s win over the Nets last week at the Barclays Center (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

MIAMI – This week we received several questions about Okaro White, most wanting to know what the Heat are going to do when his second 10-day contract expires on Monday.

That, and the dysfunction of the Chicago Bulls are on Heat followers’ minds.

You ask, we answer.

If you weren’t able to submit a question this week, send your questions for future mailbags via Twitter to (@Anthony_Chiang and @tomdangelo44).

From @gdehoogh: What do y’all see happening with okaro at end of his 2nd 10day? If he’s signed long term who gets cut?

The Heat have a decision to make. First, I do not think there is any way they do not sign Okaro White for the rest of the season. If not, they would have to return the 6-foot-8 forward from Florida State to the D-League and any other team could then sign him. The Heat are not going to take that chance because they know he would be scooped up in a second. Besides, forget about his 4.6 points and 2.9 rebounds per game, and the fact that Miami is 8-0 since he joined the team, in the last four games he has averaged 8 ½ minutes  in the fourth quarter, with 13 points and five rebounds.

Now, how do they make room? Considering Josh Richardson is close to returning from his sprained left foot – he is doing on-court work – the Heat will have to make a roster move barring a 2 for 1 trade in the next week. The most obvious would be releasing forward Derrick Williams, who has fallen way out of the rotation as of late. Williams has had a DNP-CD in 15 of the last 24 games and he has played a total of 48 seconds in the last seven games. The move would be pretty easy considering Williams signed a one-year contract last summer for $4.6 million and Miami likely does not have any desire to bring him back.

From Olivia from West Palm Beach: Now that Butler and DWade have worn out their welcome in Chicago could we see a reunion in Miami?

I wouldn’t say they have worn out their welcome but they have turned the Bulls into the biggest circus west of New York. The Heat know what Wade is all about and if he does not opt into his contract during the summer and the two can find a nice common ground on a two-year deal, I could see the franchise’s most popular player returning.

As for Butler. … He is an immensely talented player who has developed a reputation as a Diva. He was in the middle of Tom Thibodeau’s ouster and the whole Derrick Rose mess last season. Last week, he rode Wade’s coattails piling on with the blistering comments about teammates. All of this may mean the Bulls are prepared to blow it all up and dump Butler. The Heat certainly would be interested knowing if they acquired Butler he would be coming to a franchise with much more stability and far greater leadership from the top down than the Bulls. And seeing how Wade and Butler have become BFF’s, Wade would unquestionably look to return. The biggest blockade in that plan would be the Bulls asking price for Butler. Would they take pennies on the dollar for their star or ask for Hassan Whiteside. Here’s the question: Would the Bulls accept a Goran Dragic and Justice Winslow package for Butler?

[Erik Spoelstra is not satisfied – and his Miami Heat players better not be either – with eight straight wins]

[Udonis Haslem defends LeBron James in spat with Charles Barkley: ‘He should have went at him sooner’]

 

 

 

 

 

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