NBA players prefer mid-January, but Christmas cash could determine rapid restart for Heat

Are the Miami Heat ready to jump back into the fray mere weeks after falling in the NBA Finals? Not quite.But, center Meyers Leonard said, the players also understand why it might be necessary, with the league to open its regular season as soon as Dec. 22.“I’m going to do what I’m asked. I’m blessed to do what I do,” Leonard said before heading to his offseason training base in Los Angeles. “I’ll go to L.A. I’ll train as hard as I possibly can for whatever period of time it is. Then I’ll report.”But for heavy-usage Heat players such as Jimmy Butler, going from an Oct. 11 Game 6 of the NBA Fina…

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