The NBA draft lottery is in May, the draft happens in June and free agency arrives in July.
The Miami Heat aren’t hurrying toward any of them.
Changing from the normal end-of-season schedule, the Heat have told players — whether they’re about to become free agents or not — that they’re welcome to stick around and keep working over the coming weeks. So while Monday was the start of the traditional exit meetings with coach Erik Spoelstra and team officials, it wasn’t a true parting of ways for the offseason.
“It’s cleanup day, not clean-out day,” Spoelstra said.
“Lockers are still going to be there. We want our guys to still feel at home here. Free agency is going to happen. A lot of our players are going to have free-agent possibilities or opportunities in July. But that’s July.”