Originally posted on Sun Sentinel  |  Last updated 11/26/11
So what’s next for the Miami Heat and the NBA? Here’s what: Q. Why the wait until Dec. 9 to open training camps and start free agency? A. While the prime financial issues have been resolved in a new collective-bargaining agreement, there are many secondary issues that still must be resolved, such as the league’s substance-abuse policies, the minimum draft age, how the Development League will be utilized, etc. Plus owners and players must vote to ratify the agreement, which is considered a given. Q. What happens on Dec. 9? A. Assuming the agreement is ratified, the Heat will open training camp at AmericanAirlines Arena, a process that typical is closed to the public. That also will be when the Heat can approach free agents with contract offers. Q. What are the most significant unresolved issues for the Heat? A. Foremost is the status of point guard Mario Chalmers, who is a restricted free agent. The only point guard whose rights currently belong to the Heat is first-round pick Norris Cole.
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