Player News - Heat

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Wayne Ellington and Miami have reached an agreement on a deal, according to Chris Haynes of ESPN.com.

It's a one-year deal worth $6.2 million, per Haynes. He's the best shooter left on the market and some contenders may have been in on Wayne, but he'll stay put. He had a chance to score a franchise-record in 3-pointers off the bench last year, and he should be in that role again.
Jul 12 - 9:28 PM

Derrick Walton Jr. scored 15 points with five rebounds, 11 assists, three steals, three turnovers and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes against the Pelicans on Thursday.

The Heat withdrew their qualifying offer on Walton, so he had a chip on his shoulder today. Still, he likely won't get anything more than a two-way deal, especially after Derrick Jones Jr. proved his worth before injury.
Jul 12 - 6:04 PM

Coach Erik Spoelstra said he is looking for Bam Adebayo to "make many more decisions offensively than he made previously."

The coach added that he doesn't want Bam to shoot it too much, and that Spo wanted to see Bam "uncomfortable" as a ball-handler for growth. The Heat look like they're trying to see if they can make Bam a big power forward, and Spoelstra said Adebayo did get better every single game. Considering the responsibility Miami has thrown at Bam, they clearly value him long term. However, it may take a while for him to get to where they want him to.
Jul 12 - 4:48 PM

The Heat have withdrawn their qualifying offer to Derrick Walton Jr.

The qualifying offer included a $50,000 guarantee for next season, but Walton Jr. will become an unrestricted free agent instead. He's been a disaster in Las Vegas, shooting 12-of-49 from the field (24.5 percent) and 3-of-27 on 3-pointers (11.1 percent). If he wants to stay in Miami, the best he could hope for is another two-way contract.
Jul 12 - 9:28 AM

Coach Erik Spoelstra said he has been in regular contact with Hassan Whiteside.

The coach added that the reported issue between them has been conjecture, and there is no issue. Back in the season, Whiteside was not pleased that he was getting sat in entire fourth quarters with Kelly Olynyk and Bam Adebayo taking his minutes. There have been a lot of trade rumors on the big man, but the Heat likely have to ride it out because his value is too low.
Jul 11 - 2:43 PM

Dion Waiters was able to go through some on-court work for the first time since undergoing ankle surgery back in January on Tuesday.

Waiters was able to get some shots up, but he's still a ways away from being ready to go full-bore. His initial timetable was set at 8-10 months, meaning that if he needs the full 10 months to recover that would put him back by the third week of October, and Miami has remained non-committal regarding Waiters' status for training camp in September. He's making progress, but the health and efficiency issues make him a rather unattractive target in fantasy hoops.
Jul 11 - 11:47 AM

Bam Adebayo put on a show during Tuesday's Summer League win over Utah, tallying 24 points, nine boards, two assists, two steals and two blocks in just 23 minutes.

Adebayo made a living at the line, going 14-of-16 from the charity stripe and he also only committed one turnover. Unfortunately, there hasn't been much traction on the Hassan Whiteside trade front, so it looks like he'll again be competing for the reserve minutes with Kelly Olynyk to begin the 2018-19 season.
Jul 10 - 6:41 PM

The Heat have reportedly been unable to find a trade market for Hassan Whiteside or Tyler Johnson this summer.

Miami would like to get these guys off the books in order to open up cap space for free agency in 2019, but Whiteside's attitude and effort issues have diminished his value and Johnson has an unfavorable contract with roughly $38.4 million owed to him over the next two years. The Heat have also made Dion Waiters available, but his trade value isn't great either coming off two injury-riddled seasons. As of right now, it seems likely that all these guys will begin the 2018-19 season in Miami.
Jul 10 - 3:58 PM

Bam Adebayo (rest) will play in Tuesday's Summer League game against the Jazz.

Adebayo skipped Sunday's game with it being the second of a back-to-back set, but he'll be back out there for Tuesday's exhibition. If Hassan Whiteside gets moved this summer, Adebayo would see a nice spike in value.
Jul 9 - 4:20 PM

Derrick Jones Jr. (ankle) has been ruled out for Tuesday's Summer League game against Utah.

Jones Jr. rolled his ankle pretty bad on Sunday, so there's a good chance we won't see him again at Summer League. He's a non-factor in fantasy hoops.
Jul 9 - 4:18 PM

Derrick Jones Jr. (right ankle sprain) isn't sure if he'll be able to play again at Summer League.

"We didn’t talk about [if I'll play in any more games] yet," Jones Jr. said. "It's an ankle sprain, so it’s more than pain. But it’s not something that I can't tolerate." His optimism is encouraging but the injury looked severe and he couldn't put any weight on his right leg as he was helped off the court, so we're not expecting him to play again in Vegas -- Miami's next game is Tuesday vs. Utah.
Jul 8 - 7:58 PM

Derrick Jones Jr. was helped to the locker room after suffering a right ankle injury in Sunday's Summer League game against the Hornets and he will not return.

Jones Jr. came down on his ankle awkwardly and wasn't able to put any weight on his ankle as he was assisted back to the locker room. He was in an obvious amount of pain, so this could be an injury that ends his Summer League.
Jul 8 - 5:26 PM

Derrick Jones Jr. kept it rolling again on Thursday with 19 points, seven rebounds, two assists, two steals, one turnover and six fouls in 32 minutes against the Kings.

He may be the second NBA player to be mayor of Sacramento. Kidding aside, Airplane Mode went off in each of his three games with 24 points on Monday, 21 points on Tuesday, and this gem along with numerous highlight reel jams. He had his jumpers falling and he killed guys off the dribble while showing his length on defense. Jones Jr. may have some work to do to get consistent minutes, but don't forget the Heat have transformed a number of players in their system. We'll see if he keeps it rolling in Vegas.
Jul 5 - 7:00 PM

Bam Adebayo scored 14 points with nine rebounds, one assist and two turnovers in 31 minutes against the Kings on Thursday.

Once again, he was bringing the ball up at times, and it's clear the Heat wanted to experiment with some new situations for him. Adebayo bullied a number of NBA bigs this week and overall he had himself a productive time in Sacramento. He'll likely get some games off in Vegas.
Jul 5 - 6:59 PM

Derrick Jones Jr. scored 21 points and had five rebounds, one assist, three steals and four blocks in the Heat's summer league win over the Lakers on Tuesday.

The former slam dunk contestant scored the most points out of everyone at the Sacramento summer league on Monday and didn't disappoint on Tuesday. The Heat dominated the whole way and Jones Jr. was big on the defensive end getting three steals and four rejections. Don't be surprised if his summer league minutes diminish due to his experience level as July goes on.
Jul 3 - 11:14 PM


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