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Dion Waiters | Guard | #11

Team: Miami Heat
Age / DOB:  (25) / 12/10/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 215
College: Syracuse
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 1 (4) / CLE
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Dion Waiters said he and the Heat "just got to make it happen" when it comes to agreeing to terms this summer.
"Let’s get it over with as quick as possible," Waiters said. After years of being one of the more inefficient high-volume players, Waiters cracked 50 true shooting percentage for the first time since 2013-14, and a lot of credit has to go to coach Erik Spoelstra. He added he thinks he'll be back, and it does help the Heat will have $38 million in cap space this summer. May 20 - 5:46 PM

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In a column he authored for The Players Tribune, Dion Waiters expressed his desire to re-sign with the Heat.

"I love Miami. I had a hell of a season here... Hopefully, we found a home down here," writes Waiters. There were a number of interesting tidbits in this piece (which is linked to below), including how Waiters thought he was headed back to OKC before Kevin Durant left and how Pat Riley and the Heat helped him get in the best shape of his life. Waiters, who made only $2.9 million last season, will receive a major raise this summer, either in Miami or elsewhere.
Apr 25 - 1:47 PM

Dion Waiters has already started his offseason conditioning program.

The impending free agent is in the best shape of his life and has been posting before-and-after photos of what he looks like now compared to when he arrived in Miami. "Most important is getting your mind and body right," Waiters said of what he has learned from the Heat. "That's one thing they preach over here, just get in the best shape of your life." Waiters is coming off a career year with averages of 15.8 points, 4.3 assists, 3.3 rebounds, 0.9 steals and 1.8 triples on 42.4 percent shooting, and the Heat will make it a priority to re-sign both Waiters and James Johnson this summer in an effort to keep their core together.
Apr 24 - 9:27 AM

Pat Riley said that the new CBA will make it tough to sign free agent superstars away from teams, so he's more focused on keeping his team together this offseason.

Dion Waiters and James Johnson are bound for free agency, but both those guys hinted during their exit interviews that they'd be interested in re-upping with Miami this offseason, which would be a good thing for their fantasy value considering they both just had career years with the Heat. Riley also mentioned that he feels a trade might prove to be more efficient at bringing in some elite talent rather than free agency.
Apr 19 - 12:20 PM

Dion Waiters will not require surgery to repair his sprained left ankle.

"It’s getting better. It’s still a little swollen. A little pain in there, keep icing it," said Waiters. "I ain't getting no surgery. I don't want nobody cutting me and all that. I hate needles anyway." Head coach Erik Spoesltra said that Waiters would have been ready to go had the Heat advanced to the playoffs, so he should be just fine when training camp rolls around next season. Waiters did have a career-year in Miami, but he didn't really start making noise until Justise Winslow (foot) went down for the year.
Apr 17 - 5:10 PM

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Dion Waiters (ankle) would've been ready to play if the Heat advanced to the postseason.

Waiters missed the final 13 games of the season, but it sounds like his ankle should be 100 percent as he enters free agency -- he's going to decline his player option for next season. The Heat have been dropping hints that they plan to re-sign both Waiters and James Johnson, and that's likely a good thing for his fantasy value as he had a career year in Miami with averages of 15.8 points, 4.3 assists, 3.3 rebounds, 0.9 steals and 1.8 triples on 42.4 percent shooting.
Apr 17 - 11:49 AM

Miami Heat owner Micky Arison posted a picture on Instagram standing beside Dion Waiters and James Johnson and captioned it: "The Heat's future looks very bright."

Both Waiters and Johnson will be unrestricted free agents this summer. After a dismal start, Miami finished the season strongly, and Waiters and Johnson were major reasons why. Waiters averaged 15.8 points and posted career-highs in assists (4.3), rebounds (3.3) and 3-pointers (1.8). Waiters also posted a message via Instagram on Friday, stating that the Heat were a special group of guys. It will be interesting to see if the two sides agree to a new deal this summer.
Apr 15 - 11:42 AM

Dion Waiters (ankle) will not play against the Wizards on Wednesday.

His ankle sprain from St. Patrick's Day will keep him out for the rest of the season. Josh Richardson has been a revelation lately and is coming off a monster 19-point game, so he should benefit the most.
Apr 12 - 6:24 PM

Dion Waiters (ankle), Luke Babbitt (hip) and Josh McRoberts (foot) are unlikely to play Wednesday vs. Washington.

Erik Spoesltra said that the same group from Monday will be available for Wednesday's game, which implies that Waiters, Babbitt and McRoberts will not take the court tonight. All these guys reportedly told Coach Spo on Monday that they'll be available to play if their number gets called, so ultimately this decision will come down to what Spoesltra decides is best. Check back for official confirmation on Waiters, Babbitt and McRoberts closer to tip-off.
Apr 12 - 11:49 AM

Dion Waiters went through a "strenuous" workout on Tuesday to test his sprained left ankle, and he is officially being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game vs. Washington.

Waiters had a 1-on-1 session with Udonis Haslem, ran sprints and also went through some 2-on-2 work, but the ankle was still clearly bothering him, as he was spotted wincing in pain throughout the workout and grabbed at his ankle numerous times. Waiters clearly wants to get out there for Miami's final regular-season game, but the decision will ultimately be up to Erik Spoesltra. Check back after Wednesday morning's shootaround for another update.
Apr 11 - 5:04 PM

Dion Waiters (ankle) is still dealing with pain and discomfort and is unlikely to play on Wednesday vs. the Wizards.

Waiters obviously wants to get back on the court for the regular-season finale on Wednesday night, but admitted he still experiences discomfort with every step he takes. "It's not going to be completely healed until I can just completely rest. It was a real bad [sprain]," said Waiters. Asked if he would be available this coming weekend if Miami qualifies for the postseason, Waiters said: "Hell yeah – even if I have to play on one foot."
Apr 11 - 11:13 AM

Dion Waiters (ankle) will not suit up for Monday's game against the Cavs.

Waiters tried to talk head coach Erik Spoelstra into letting him get out there tonight, but Coach Spo wasn't having any of it. Miami will need to win these next two games to advance to the postseason, but it's looking like they'll have to do that sans Waiters. Josh Richardson, Wayne Ellington and Tyler Johnson will continue to pick up the slack in Waiters' absence.

Dion Waiters (ankle) has been upgraded to questionable for Monday's game vs. the Cavaliers.

With Miami's season on the line, Waiters could potentially return from an 11-game absence. The Heat must win their final two games and will also need the Pacers or Bulls to drop a game in order to sneak into the playoffs, but we'd still expect Waiters' workload to be held in check if he's a go. Josh Richardson has been on fire for the Heat, so Waiters will likely take Wayne Ellington's minutes if he's able to go.
Apr 9 - 11:25 AM

Coach Erik Spoelstra said Dion Waiters (ankle) is "making good progress" but will not play Friday vs. Toronto and is still without a timetable.

Coach Spo added that Waiters is still considered day-to-day. With only four games left this season, Waiters is running out of time to return. Josh Richardson will continue to start and log heavy minutes with Waiters sidelined.
Apr 7 - 12:42 PM

Dion Waiters (ankle) will not play on Friday vs. the Raptors.

He's not traveling with the Heat at the moment, so his status for Saturday's game in Washington doesn't look good either. Josh Richardson will continue to start in his absence and is averaging 12.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.6 blocks, 1.6 steals and 2.4 triples over his last five games.
Apr 6 - 12:41 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Goran Dragic
2Tyler Johnson
SG1Josh Richardson
2Dion Waiters
3Wayne Ellington
SF1Justise Winslow
2Rodney McGruder
3Okaro White
PF1Josh McRoberts
2James Johnson
3Luke Babbitt
C1Hassan Whiteside
2Willie Reed
3Udonis Haslem