With Gordon Hayward headed to Boston, what are the Miami Heat’s options?

Will the Miami Heat quickly turn to James Johnson and Dion Waiters if Gordon Hayward heads to either Boston or Utah?

Get ready James Johnson and Dion Waiters, your time finally could be coming.

With Gordon Hayward headed to Boston, Pat Riley certainly had a plan if he struck out on the former Utah Jazz forward. The Miami Heat still would be at least $35 million under the cap and the expectation is a good chunk of that (perhaps about $25 million) will to go to Johnson and Waiters, Miami’s top two free agents.

If the Heat bring back both Johnson and Waiters, they should have about $10 million to $14 million remaining – depending on the size of those contracts and if they stretch Josh McRoberts’ contract – along with a $4.3 exception available.

Riley then will have options whether it’s signing one of the remaining free agents to boost the Heat bench or pulling off a trade.

And the Heat might be able to snag one of those free agents or two for a reasonable price. Here are five players still on the market Miami could take a look at:

Rudy Gay, 6-8, SF, Kings

Gay will be 31 when camp opens. He opted out of $14.3 million after tearing his Achilles and averaging 18.7 points on .455 shooting, including .372 on threes, 6.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists. His ESPN player efficiency rating was ninth in the league at 17.95. He has always wanted to play in Miami and could give the Heat a discount.

C.J. Miles, 6-6, F/G, Pacers

Miles, 30, would be a nice swingman pickup for the right price. He averaged 10.7 points while shooting 43.2 percent, 41.3 on threes, and is a solid defender. He’s looking for a raise from the $4.6 million he made last season but may be available for a reasonable price.

Tyreke Evans, 6-6, F/G, Kings

Evans, 27, averaged 10.3 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 40 games between New Orleans and Sacramento. He has been limited to 65 games the last two years because of injuries. A former rookie of the year, his best years in the NBA were his first two. He can be had for a decent price.

Ersan Ilyasova, 6-10, PF, Hawks

Ilyasova, 30, played on three teams last season – OKC, Philadelphia. Atlanta – and averaged 13.1 points and 5.9 rebounds. He led the league with 34 charges drawn which means he’s a Heat type of player who would fit in very well.

Marreese Speights, 6-10, F/C, Clippers

Speights, who will be 30 when camp opens, averaged 8.7 points, 4.5 rebounds in just 15.7 minutes per game last season, while playing all 82 games. His 3-point shooting exploded, making 103-of-277 (.372). He had 43 3-pointers in his previous eight seasons. Speights made just $1.4 million last season.

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