Report: Heat have tough decisions coming to sign Richardson

The Miami Heat selected guard Josh Richardson in the second round of the 2015 NBA draft. The Heat currently have 17 players under contract, so three will have to be waived to open up the 15th regular season roster spot. From Jason Lieser of the Palm Beach Post:

    "While the roster currently is overloaded with perimeter players, Richardson offers significant versatility. He is 6-foot-6, 200 pounds and has the skills to play point guard, shooting guard and small forward if needed. The Heat have 12 players at those three positions, and Richardson is one of four without a guaranteed contract. He remains unsigned. One option is for the organization to work out an arrangement with him to play overseas while it retains his rights, but that is unlikely if he has the ability to contribute immediately. ... Richardson averaged 11.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.7 steals in 26.1 minutes per game during two weeks in Orlando and Las Vegas, not to mention thoroughly impressing the coaching staff during two-a-day practices in Miami leading up to summer league. He also shot 38.6 percent on 3-pointers, which is promising for a team that needs to improve in that department. His composure also suggests he is NBA-ready. Richardson had no hesitation about taking charge in summer league, even with several teammates who played for the Heat last season. He often steered players to the right spots defensively and challenged them to talk more."

The three players on the roster bubble include James Ennis, Tyler Johnson and Henry Walker as they have salaries for the coming season that are not fully guaranteed.