Three things to watch this week: With Chris Bosh day approaching, Miami Heat take win streak on road

Chris Bosh #1 of the Miami Heat watches on from the bench against the Charlotte Hornets during game four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2016 NBA Playoffs at Time Warner Cable Arena on April 25, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Chris Bosh #1 of the Miami Heat watches on from the bench against the Charlotte Hornets during game four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2016 NBA Playoffs at Time Warner Cable Arena on April 25, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

The hottest team in the NBA is the Miami Heat.

Not many expected that to be the case just a few weeks ago when the Heat were the NBA’s second-worst team at 11-30. But a 10-game winning streak has changed things.

Miami (21-30) will now take that streak on the road, as it begins a four-game trip Monday in Minnesota.

Here are three things to watch this week …

Chris Bosh day: The day is almost here. The Heat are eligible to apply for salary-cap relief from Chris Bosh’s contract starting on Thursday — the one-year anniversary of the last game Bosh played. But don’t expect Miami to resolve this issue immediately. The Heat could wait until after March 1 to release Bosh so he’s not eligible to play in the playoffs with another team. This benefits the Heat because if he were to play 25 total games this season for another team/teams — in the regular season and playoffs — then his cap hit would go back on Miami’s books. If the Heat wait until after March 1, they would prevent Bosh from reaching that number this season. That would mean the Heat would be able to use Bosh’s cap space, if granted by the NBA, during free agency this upcoming summer without the danger of it being taken back. If the Heat are able to get Bosh’s contract off the books, Miami would gain an extra $25.3 million in cap space this summer.

Looming roster decision: Forwards Okaro White and Derrick Williams traveled with the Heat to Minnesota on Sunday, but one of the two likely will not be with the team Monday for the start of its four-game road trip. White’s second 10-day contract expired Sunday. With teams limited to two 10-day contracts per player, the Heat will have to decide whether to sign White for the remainder of the season or release him now that the deal has expired. If the Heat decide to release White, they run the risk of another NBA team signing him away just like Golden State did with Briante Weber. But in order to sign White for the remainder of the season, the Heat will have to open a roster spot by trading or releasing a player. The most obvious move would be to release or trade Williams, who has fallen out of the Heat’s rotation. What will the Heat decide to do?

Josh Richardson watch: The second-year Heat guard is getting closer to making his return. Josh Richardson, who has missed Miami’s past 13 games with a sprained left foot, traveled with the team for this week’s road trip. That’s definitely progress, but coach Erik Spoelstra said it’s a “stretch” to expect Richardson to play during the trip. Richardson has not gone through contact work yet, as he’s only participated in the non-contact portion of practices up to this point. “We’ll have him with us so he can work,” Spoelstra said.

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