2017 NBA draft: What does the addition of Bam Adebayo mean for the rest of the Heat’s roster?

MIAMI — The Heat added a new face to their roster in Thursday’s draft.

Miami selected forward/center Bam Adebayo with the 14th overall pick. Adebayo played one season at Kentucky, averaging 13.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks as a freshman.

What does the addition of Adebayo mean for the rest of the Heat’s roster?

Edrice Adebayo #3 of the Kentucky Wildcats handles the ball against Tony Bradley #5 of the North Carolina Tar Heels in the first half during the 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament South Regional at FedExForum on March 26, 2017 in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Well, it probably affects center Willie Reed’s chances of returning to Miami. Reed is opting out of his $1.6 million player option with the Heat to become a free agent this summer.

The 27-year-old Reed is expected to get more than double that amount in free agency this summer after an impressive season as Hassan Whiteside’s backup. The Heat could use their “room” mid-level exception worth $4.3 million to retain Reed, but even that may not be enough.

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The addition of Adebayo gives Miami the flexibility to let Reed walk if he’s looking for more money than the Heat can offer. And Adebayo is a cheap replacement, as he will cost $2.5 million against Miami’s salary cap next season.

Along with giving the Heat another frontcourt option should Reed sign elsewhere in free agency, Adebayo also gives the Heat some much-needed depth at forward. With Chris Bosh out of the picture and power forwards James Johnson and Luke Babbitt set to be free agents this summer, Miami needed to add to this position.

“We knew we had to sort of fill a box, a big box,” Heat president Pat Riley said early Friday morning of drafting Adebayo. “We’ve got Hassan [Whiteside] and our backup center right now is UD. Our power forward is Luke Babbitt, or he’s free, and James Johnson. So we felt the need to get an athletic big.”

Adedayo is projected as a power forward in the NBA, but he has the size to get minutes at power forward and center. The 6-foot-10, 243-pound Adebayo has a 7-foot-3 wingspan and above average athleticism, and should be able to contribute immediately as a rim protector, versatile defender who can switch on perimeter players and rebounder.

With Adebayo on the roster, the Heat are expected to have about $35 million in cap space this offseason under the new salary cap estimate of $99 million for the 2017-18 season.

How do do we calculate $35 million in cap space for the Heat? You arrive at that number only when counting the 2017-18 salaries of Hassan Whiteside ($23.8 million), Goran Dragic ($17 million), Josh McRoberts ($6 million), Tyler Johnson ($5.9 million), Justise Winslow ($2.7 million), Josh Richardson ($1.5 million), Rodney McGruder ($1.3 million), Okaro White ($1.3 million), and Adebayo ($2.5 million), and three cap holds to fill a minimum 12-player roster that would combine to account for about $2.4 million.

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