The Miami Heat didn’t get the additional luxury-tax relief it hoped for after injured point guard Beno Udrih cleared waivers Wednesday.
The Heat waived Udrih on Monday to get back under the luxury-tax threshold after he agreed to leave $90,000 of guaranteed money on the table in a buyout. Miami hoped another NBA team would claim Udrih so it would create more room under the tax line to sign as many as two additional players, including former Rockets swingman Marcus Thornton.
Now, the Heat, which has two open roster spots, won’t be able to sign any additional players until the final week of the regular season and remain under the tax line. That’s of course unless the Heat cuts another player on the roster and that player is then claimed by another team during the 48-hour waiver period.
Udrih, who underwent season-ending surgery last Friday on his right foot, accepted a buyout that saved the Heat roughly $2.7 million, according to ESPN.
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Players who were waived by March 1 are allowed to be on playoff rosters even if they are added on the final day of the regular season.
Thornton is said to have interest in the Heat. But it’s hard to imagine he would wait until the end of the season to sign with Miami.