Player News - Heat

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Drew Gordon is reportedly expected to sign an Exhibit 10 contract with the Nets.

Aaron's older brother spent last season playing in Russia. He averaged 1.1 points and 6.7 rebounds for Zenit St. Petersburg. It is highly unlikely he makes the Nets final 15-man roster.
Sep 21 - 9:09 AM

Justise Winslow said he's focusing on ball handling this offseason in hopes of earning more point-guard responsibilities.

He said he liked to handle the ball and play point guard because it was challenging to him. Winslow isn't much of a shooter, but he did distribute the ball well late last season. With Dion Waiters (ankle) still recovering, there could be an opportunity for Winslow to log minutes at guard early in the season. He's only a late-round flier at best.
Sep 19 - 4:12 PM

Dion Waiters (foot surgery) will not be ready for the start of training camp and it's unlikely he'll be cleared in time for Miami's regular-season opener on October 17.

"Dion will not be returning to the court until the Heat medical team and training staff deem him healed, rehabbed and physically conditioned for all basketball activities," said Pat Riley in an official Miami Heat statement. Waiters will likely be brought along slowly, and he'll be competing for minutes with Dwyane Wade and Wayne Ellington, so there's no reason to target him in any leagues.
Sep 18 - 4:19 PM

It's still unclear if Dion Waiters (ankle) will be ready for the start of training camp on September 25

Waiters is nearing the end of his 10 month recovery timetable from ankle surgery. Even with the news of Dwyane Wade's return, Waiters is still expected to be the starter at shooting guard. He was scoring 14.3 points in 31 minutes per game before his injury. This will be an interesting situation to monitor as camp and preseason begins, as Heat guard Briante Weber said Waiters isn't participating in any contact work yet. Waiters is a late-round value himself, but him potentially missing time will have a domino effect on the Heat's rotation.
Sep 17 - 12:10 PM

Dwyane Wade announced that he'll return with Miami for the 2018-19 season, referring to it as his "last dance."

"You ask yourself so many questions, you're like 'Can I physically do this? ... Can I be away from my family?'" Wade asks in a video announcing his decision (link below). The 36-year-old Wade doesn't have anything left to prove to the league, and he's turning down a reported three-year, $25 million offer from a team in China. He said he'll be giving "for one last season, everything else that I have left." After averaging a career-low 22.2 minutes with the Heat last year, though, fantasy owners can expect much value from the future Hall-of-Famer.
Source: YouTube
Sep 16 - 8:09 PM

Heat point guard Briante Weber said Thursday that Dion Waiters is not participating in any contact work with teammates or playing pickup games.

"He’s doing his own workouts; he is on his own lane," Weber added. Waiters is recovering from ankle surgery that he underwent in late january. He is nearing the end of his initial 8-10 month timetable which is concerning because training camp is right around the corner. Wayne Ellington and Tyler Johnson would likely have increased roles if Waiters isn't ready for opening night.
Sep 16 - 12:14 PM

Kelly Olynyk scored 20 points with 19 boards against Venezuela on Thursday.

He's looked great this summer, which isn't surprising after some very strong showings in the second half last year. Olynyk should be able to log minutes at two positions, and he'll have major upside as a handcuff to Hassan Whiteside. Plus, maybe the Heat can get off Whiteside's contract in a trade, so there are enough reasons to roll the dice on Olynyk as a late-round pick.
Sep 13 - 11:32 PM

Dwyane Wade said on Thursday that he remains undecided on playing next season.

"I wish I had an answer for you. I don't have it today," Wade said. The future Hall of Fame guard said "a lot goes into" his decision on playing, and he said that he hasn't discussed the financial terms and directed reporters to his agent. For now, it continues to sound like it's Miami or retirement, so hopefully we'll get word before camp starts later this month.
Sep 13 - 8:44 PM

The Heat have exercised their third-year team option on Bam Adebayo.

This was an easy decision for Miami, and the move allows them to retain his rights for another two years. He'll help back up Hassan Whiteside and Kelly Olynyk at the center spot this season, but it'll take an injury to one of the guys ahead of him on the depth chart for him to emerge with any real value in fantasy hoops.
Sep 12 - 1:20 PM

Dion Waiters (ankle) has not yet been cleared by a doctor for full-contact activity.

Waiters underwent surgery to repair instability and a fracture in the left ankle back in late January. Both Waiters and team president Pat Riley have previously expressed optimism about Waiters being ready for the start of training camp later this month, but his status remains unclear at this time.
Sep 7 - 1:05 PM

Udonis Haslem is returning to the Heat on a veteran's minimum deal for one year.

This will be his 16th NBA season. He has played less than 10 minutes per game in three straight seasons and appeared in a combined 30 games over the last two. He is just a locker room guy for the Heat.
Sep 6 - 9:26 AM

According to Suns reporter John Gambadoro, Goran Dragic is "available" in trade talks.

Josh Richardson is probably the only untouchable on the Heat roster, but keep in mind that Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reported earlier this summer that there is "no appetite to trade" Dragic. He's owed over $37M for the next two seasons, and with the Heat above the tax threshold they may be tempted to reconsider. The Suns are going to do their due diligence with several point guards and won't "rush it."
Sep 2 - 9:33 AM

Per Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, two sources have indicated that Dwyane Wade "seems inclined to play" in 2018-19.

Wade has noncommital about his future since the end of last season, but has said that if he plays, he will remain in Miami. Per Jackson's report, "nobody outside [Wade's] inner circle definitively knows his intentions." We should have a final answer soon, as training camp opens in less than four weeks.
Aug 31 - 11:41 AM

The Heat have not yet offered Justise Winslow a contract extension.

Miami has until October 15th, the day before the start of the regular season, to ink Winslow to an extension. Per Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the Heat have not indicated that they plan to make an offer, but the sides are expected to meet in the coming weeks. If they do not agree to a deal, Winslow will become a restricted free agent next summer, allowing the Heat to match any offer he receives. Per Jackson, "one opposing NBA general manager said he could see Winslow next summer receiving offers starting at $9 million per year.'
Aug 31 - 11:31 AM

Kelly Olynyk said his offseason focus involves "different ways of getting shots, balance [and] handling the ball."

"I’m trying to take my game to the next level and keep improving," Olynyk said. "It’s nice to be in a secure place and you can focus on getting better." The 27-year-old center is coming off a career-best year with averages of 11.5 points (49.7% FGs, 77.0% FTs), 1.4 triples, 5.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 0.8 blocks and 0.5 steals. Those numbers allowed him to flirt with top-100 roto value in a mere 23.4 minutes per game. A healthy and motivated Hassan Whiteside could impede Olynyk's path to increased minutes, but there's still plenty of upside in the late rounds.
Aug 26 - 9:35 PM


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