Dion Waiters will soon become ineligible to obtain a $1.2 million bonus that's tied to playing in at least 70 regular season games. But the Miami Heat will not receive relief against the hard cap with it becoming unlikely.
The Heat are hard-capped this season after acquiring Jimmy Butler in a sign-and-trade.
"That Waiters bonus, which is that $1.2 million, is kind of holding them back a little bit," said Bobby Marks. "I've talked to people around the league and got confirmation that even when it's deemed unlikely and he does not reach it, if it's next week, the league is not going to remove that $1.2 million number towards the hard cap until after the season."
Marks explained the NBA views the situation as a salary cap loophole and that a team in Miami's situation shouldn't benefit from the bonus becoming unlikely.