Heat gathers for training camp with roster largely intact

The Miami Heat’s Kyle Lowry, Caleb Martin, Bam Adebayo, Tyler Herro and Jimmy Butler are all back for the Heat.

Miami coach Erik Spoelstra’s chair was left vacant on Monday’s Heat media day, for the best possible reason.

His family list is growing.

Spoelstra and his wife Nikki were planning to welcome their third child into the world – the couple’s first daughter after two sons.

It’s one of the few roster changes for the Heat in recent months, with the team having their top eight scorers by total points and all but one of their regular rotation players from a year ago. this season.

The exception: PJ Tucker, who signed a three-year contract with Philadelphia.

“PJ is a traitor. I tell him everyday, but I love this guy,” Heat forward Jimmy Butler said. “We’re back at Square One, you know. New season, new year. I’m excited. I know the guys are excited. We’re looking around this locker room as we stay in touch over the summer, and we’ll find a way to do what we want to do.

Finding Tucker’s replacement at the start is the Heat’s main task heading into Opening Night. Phoenix’s Jae Crowder — whom Tucker replaced as Miami’s starter there — won’t be with the Suns for training camp and wants a trade, so it’s logical to think the Heat would see if he’s possible to move there. Miami also re-signed forward Caleb Martin, who comes into camp as perhaps the frontrunner for the position.

Otherwise, camp and preseason will allow the Heat to largely pick up where they left off last season. They won the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference and advanced to Game 7 of the Conference Finals, falling to Boston at home.

“We always find a way,” heat center Bam Adebayo said. “That’s the Miami Heat way. … No excuses. PJ is no longer with us and we have to learn to adapt to that.

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