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Dion Waiters | Guard | #11

Team: Miami Heat
Age / DOB:  (24) / 12/10/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 225
College: Syracuse
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 1 (4) / CLE
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Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said that Dion Waiters is in "terrific shape."
"He really committed the last few weeks to get into world-class shape, Miami Heat shape, better shape than he's ever been in in his life," Spoelstra said. "That's the first step." Waiters arrived in Miami at 234 pounds and 10 percent body fat, and said he's now down to 222 pounds and 7.5 percent body fat. Chris Bosh has likely played his last game for the Heat and Josh Richardson (knee) could be limited right out of the gate, so Waiters should have a large role in the offense. His upside is low, so he's just a late-round flier in deeper leagues for now. Sep 26 - 2:08 PM

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Dion Waiters is the "front-runner" to start at shooting guard according to the Miami Herald.

This isn't a surprise with Josh Richardson currently recovering from a knee injury. Richardson is not expected to miss much time during the regular season, but Waiters should have a large role in the offense early on, especially now that Chris Bosh's future with the Heat is up in the air. The Heat will likely use a lot of small-ball lineups, so despite the presence of Richardson, Tyler Johnson and Wayne Ellington, there should be plenty of minutes to go around. However, Waiters is still just a late-round flier with little upside after averaging 9.8 points on 39.9 percent shooting in OKC last season.
Sep 24 - 9:42 AM

According to the Miami Herald, the Heat are looking at Dion Waiters as a potential starter at shooting guard.

Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported this last week as well, so Waiters may be the favorite to open the season as a starter. Even so, Waiters only averaged 9.8 points on 39.9 percent shooting in OKC last season, and he wasn't worth owning in standard leagues despite playing nearly 28 minutes per game. Waiters will be competing with impressive guard Josh Richardson for minutes, and the Heat also committed a ton of money to Tyler Johnson which doesn't bode well for Waiters' outlook.
Aug 1 - 10:05 AM

Pat Riley believes that Dion Waiters will be a good fit on the Heat's roster, and that he will add a "great dimension" for the club at the shooting guard position.

"Dion is not a Room Exception player. He wanted to play for the Miami Heat and chose to forgo other more lucrative financial opportunities to be a part of our championship organization.," said Riley. "Dion is young, athletic and explosive, which fits in with our roster. He will add a great dimension for us at the off-guard spot." Waiters will be competing with Josh Richardson for the starting two-guard spot in Miami, but he reportedly has the inside track to land the gig. His value will be better in points leagues.
Jul 28 - 5:42 PM

A veteran scout for Miami said that the reigning perception that Dion Waiters is a "knucklehead" is not accurate.

"He's a streak shooter, can get to the basket, can get his own shot. He is not bad defensively," said the anonymous scout. "He can get into guys. I’ve always liked his passing. He can make plays. He's got a pretty good feel... He's a good backup on a very good team. If he's starting, his warts are going to come to the forefront more." Waiters reportedly has the "inside track" to begin the 2016-17 season as Miami's starting two-guard, but inefficiency will make him an unattractive asset in standard leagues.
Jul 27 - 1:12 PM

According to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Dion Waiters has the "inside track" as the initial starting replacement for Dwyane Wade.

It's not a lock by any means, as Waiters will be competing with Josh Richardson, Tyler Johnson and Wayne Ellington for minutes. It was reported on Monday that Waiters' deal with the Heat is for one year and $2.9 million, but he does have a player option for the 2017-18 season. He averaged just 9.8 points, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.1 3-pointers in OKC last season while shooting 39.9 percent from the field, so he's still not an attractive fantasy asset.
Jul 26 - 10:11 AM

Dion Waiters has agreed to a one-year deal with the Heat.

It's only worth $2.9 million, so Waiters wasn't anywhere near the $18 million per season he wanted. Waiters should get plenty of minutes with the Heat and could actually start over Josh Richardson. Waiters hasn't shot the ball well in his career, making just 41.1 percent with a downward trend. He'd only be worthy of a late-round pick.
Jul 25 - 3:00 PM

Some within the 76ers organization are concerned that Dion Waiters "possible off-the-court incidents might be too much for the franchise" to handle.

While there is some interest between Waiters and the 76ers, some in Philly management question whether Waiters would be a good fit with the team, and they are concerned that his sometimes blunt way of communicating things would not mesh well with the young roster. Currently, the Lakers seem like one of the more realistic landing spots for Waiters.
Source: philly.com
Jul 21 - 4:41 PM

The Nets reportedly had a face-to-face meeting with Dion Waiters earlier this month in Las Vegas when he was a restricted free agent, but ultimately decided not to tender him an offer.

Early indications from sources of Marc Stein of ESPN are that the Nets have not changed their stance on Waiters despite him now being an unrestricted free agent, so it would be surprising to see him wind up in Brooklyn. Waiters is from Philadelphia, and he has reportedly been in contact with his hometown club, although those talks have reportedly "hit a couple of snags." It'll be interesting to see where the fourth-year guard ends up as a free agent.
Jul 20 - 11:15 AM

The Thunder have rescinded their qualifying offer to Dion Waiters.

That makes him an unrestricted free agent, which means the Thunder won't be able to match an offer sheet from another team. However, they do still have his Bird rights and they could still re-sign him at some point. Waiters would have some decent value in OKC, but he could wind up with the 76ers or Nets.
Jul 18 - 10:52 PM

According to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the free-agency talks between Dion Waiters and the 76ers "have hit a couple of snags."

The 76ers want Waiters to sign a two-year deal which will include a team option in case he's a bad fit, while Waiters is looking for a long-term deal. Additionally, the Thunder are still prepared to match any offer for Waiters unless a team offers him a four-year deal near the max, but that seems highly unlikely at this point.
Jul 10 - 9:37 AM

The Bulls are showing interest in restricted free agent Dion Waiters.

Waiters is meeting with the Kings this weekend, but there is no talk of a meeting with the Bulls. The Bulls do need some depth at guard, but Waiters isn't really the best fit with coach Fred Hoiberg. The Thunder can match any offer, but it's doubtful with Victor Oladipo ready for big minutes.
Jul 1 - 10:22 PM

Restricted free agent Dion Waiters is scheduled to meet with the Kings this weekend, according to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

According to Pompey, the 76ers want to have a face-to-face meeting with Waiters. They might not get it because the Kings are reportedly "locked in" on Waiters, per Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee. Waiters is expected to see an annual salary in the upper teens and he's almost certainly not coming back to OKC. He won't have to beg for the ball nearly as much with the Kings who continue to struggle at shooting guard.
Jul 1 - 4:22 PM

Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee is hearing that Dion Waiters is "locked in" on joining the Kings.

The Thunder will have the ability to match any offer the Kings throw at him, so Jones speculates that the Kings could offer a deal worth around $18 million per year. Waiters also has interest from the Bulls, Heat, Nets and 76ers, but the Kings should be considered the favorites right now.
Jul 1 - 1:32 PM

Free agent Dion Waiters' representatives have reportedly been contacted by the Bulls, Heat, Kings, Nets, Sixers and Thunder.

Waiters is a restricted free agent, enabling the Thunder to match any team's contract offer, but their No. 1 priority is locking up Kevin Durant. OKC also acquired Victor Oladipo in a draft-day trade, reducing their reliance on Waiters as a backup scorer and playmaker, so a hefty offer sheet from another team could be enough to pry him away.
Jul 1 - 2:31 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Goran Dragic
2Tyler Johnson
3Beno Udrih
4Briante Weber
SG1Josh Richardson
2Dion Waiters
3Wayne Ellington
4Rodney McGruder
SF1Justise Winslow
2James Johnson
3Michael Carrera
PF1Chris Bosh
2Josh McRoberts
3Derrick Williams
4Udonis Haslem
5Luke Babbitt
6Stefan Jankovic
C1Hassan Whiteside
2Willie Reed
3Keith Benson