Rodney Stuckey

Heat's free-agency clock begins 24 hours earlier

Heat's free-agency clock begins 24 hours earlier

For the rest of the NBA, what matters most will begin to matter at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, when the latest free-agency free-for-all begins. For the Miami  Heat, the clock-watching will begin 24 hours earlier. While Pat Riley said last week that the team's most important offseason work will begin July 1, there still remains the matter of the midnight Monday opt-in deadlines with guard Dwyane Wade and forward Luol Deng. Wade seemingly made his timeframe clear during his initial appearance on ABC as an NBA Finals analyst, when he said, "we'll worry about that in July." Amid the expectation of guard Goran Dragic quickly resolving his free-agent status with the...