Josh McRoberts

As Whiteside remains out, Heat's Reed taking long view of growth

As Whiteside remains out, Heat's Reed taking long view of growth

As the Miami Heat begin to accept the reality that the long view might be the only remaining perspective for this season, it is possible the focus on Willie Reed extends beyond the eye issue that has center Hassan Whiteside sidelined.

With clearing cap space the Heat's expected priority in coming weeks with Chris Bosh, there also is the issue of 2017-18 salary-cap space that is out of the team's hands.

Three Heat players hold player options for next season, which leaves that part of the equation beyond the Heat's means, unless those players -- and their 2017-18 options -- are dealt in advance.

For injury-plagued Josh McRoberts, there is a $6 million 2017-18 player option...

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