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        ASK IRA: Does Kelly Olynyk option hold key to Heat cap, offseason?

        Q: If Kelly Olynyk opts in, the Heat could put a package together for Gordon Hayward, a move that could benefit both teams. -- Gabriel, Miami.

        A: That, of course, assumes that Gordon Hayward opts in. For now, we’ll leave the Celtics end of your question to the Celtics. But there certainly could be a chance that Kelly Olynyk finds himself with a change of address regardless of whether he invokes his player option. If he opts out, then, obviously, he moves on elsewhere. But if he opts in, it could potentially leave the Heat with a trade chip (or at least a tradable salary) that could be moved when added to a sweetener (Kendrick Nunn). Under the unexpected event of Goran Dragic not re-signing, moving on from Kelly could put the Heat into the cap-space game in a big way this offseason. So it probably comes down to what else happens for the Heat with the rest of the roster. But Kelly also has served a needed role at times with his unconventional scoring. So the bigger issue is whether the Heat need him in their rotation. And if Meyers Leonard is not retained, that could prove to be the case.

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        Q: A traditional point guard doesn’t work in today’s NBA. Keep the attention on wing players. -- Danny.

        A: Tell that to the Thunder, with what Chris Paul did for them this past season. For the Heat, what matters is having someone capable of defending elite opposing point guards (with the assumption that Jimmy Butler will be needed to defend the opposition’s top wing). For the most part, the Heat did not face such challenges during their playoff run, with Boston’s Kemba Walker clearly not himself in the Eastern Conference finals, and the Pacers, Bucks and Lakers not offering much in the way of quickness at the point. But while the Heat have an ample amount of playmakers elsewhere, including Butler and Bam Adebayo, there is something to be said about a point guard capable of taking on late-game defensive challenges against Kyle Lowry, Kyrie Irving, Trae Young and a healthy Walker.

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        Q I’m skeptical about the idea of drafting Vernon Carey Jr. He played under 25 minutes per game, I want another guy like Bam Adebayo. -- Will.

        A: But Bam Adebayo went at No. 14. So if you stay at 20, then you have to feel comfortable that your development program can refine such a prospect.

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