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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
Contract: view contract details

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Dion Waiters will receive a $1.1 million bonus if he appears in 70 or more games during the 2017-18 season.
Waiters played only 46 games last year due to a variety of ailments, but has appeared in an average of 76 games over his three previous seasons. From a fantasy perspective, it's obviously encouraging knowing that a player is highly incentivized to suit up for each contest. Waiters' salary will jump from $11 million to $12.1 million if he reaches the 70-game threshold. Sep 12 - 10:52 AM

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Dion Waiters said he's not against the Heat trying to trade for Kyrie Irving, but added that Irving should "just know, there’s an alpha male over there too in myself."

"I think that’s the biggest thing with everybody – oh he’s got irrational confidence," Waiters said. "Like I tell everybody man, I come from [Philadelphia]. If I can make it from here I can make it anywhere." Waiters had a breakout year with the Heat, especially when he was red hot in February with is 18.4 points per game. Now that Josh Richardson is healthy, there may not be the same opportunity for Philly Cheese, but he's still worth a look later in drafts.
Aug 11 - 9:01 PM

Pat Riley said that he wants Dion Waiters to be more efficient next season.

"He needs to get his free-throw percentage up," Riley said. "I can't believe he's not an 80 percent free-throw shooter. He shot [64.6 percent] on the year." Riley added that he wants Waiters to keep improving his conditioning and that his goal should be to make it through at least 70 games after struggling with injuries last season. Riley spent most of his press conference raving about Dion, so it's clear he's expecting big things after re-signing the SG to a 4-year, $52 million deal. "He's an end-of-the-game, end-of-the-shot-clock player," Riley said. "A lot of times you can't find those kinds of guys." His upside in fantasy isn't great, but improving his shooting percentages would be huge.
Jul 16 - 9:33 AM

Dion Waiters and the Heat have agreed on a four-year, $52 million deal, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

Waiters took off with Miami last season and his $13 million annual salary is reasonable compared to existing deals for shooting guards around the league. The 25-year-old is entering his prime and is coming off a strong season with averages of 15.8 points, 1.8 threes, 3.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.4 blocks, most of which are career highs.
Jul 5 - 8:07 PM

Dion Waiters is finalizing a four-year deal to re-sign with the Miami Heat, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Philly Cheese is staying in Florida, which is hardly surprising after the Heat missed out on Gordon Hayward. Waiters scored 16.5 points per game during his 43 starts while making 2.0 treys per game was a big reason why. It should be interesting to see how Dion Waiters and Josh Richardson share the wing minutes, but J-Rich has the better upside.
Jul 5 - 5:31 PM

Dion Waiters is "inching closer" to a resolution and is considering the Heat, Knicks and Lakers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

These teams have reportedly been in on Waiters for a while now. Based on his relative success last year and saying he'd like to go back, Miami should be considered as the favorite after they couldn't get Gordon Hayward.
Jul 5 - 2:38 PM

The Knicks and Lakers are reportedly interested in unrestricted free agent Dion Waiters.

Waiters has already met with the Heat, and he's scheduled to interview with the Lakers on Wednesday, but we likely won't see much traction here until more of the bigger name free agents come off the board. In terms of fantasy hoops, Miami would probably be the best potential landing spot for Waiters.
Jul 4 - 6:42 PM

Dion Waiters met with the Miami Heat on Sunday.

After the Heat's big presentation to Gordon Hayward in Miami, Heat President Pat Riley and coach Erik Spoelstra jumped on a plane and headed West to meet with Waiters. The SG also met with the Lakers on Sunday and has been heavily linked to the Bulls, Kings and Knicks, so his agent should have nice leverage in contract talks. Waiters did say that he would be willing to take a discount to return to Miami, and with the Heat expected to have about $35 million in cap space, there's a good chance they will be able to bring back both Waiters and James Johnson. As for Hayward, he could make a decision as soon as Sunday night.
Jul 3 - 9:35 AM

Free agent Dion Waiters will meet with the Lakers on Sunday night, according to Michael Scotto.

Waiters has previously been linked to the Bulls, Knicks and Kings, in addition to the Heat. He suggested that he might accept a discounted salary to stay in Miami, where he thrived last season, but that depends on the offers he gets elsewhere. Stay tuned.
Jul 2 - 9:15 PM

Dion Waiters has been talking to the Knicks, Bulls and Kings.

If the Heat can't bring in Gordon Hayward, Miami would be the heavy favorite to bring back some Philly Cheese. Waiters has also said he is willing to take a hometown discount, which makes sense after he had his best year as a pro.
Jul 1 - 8:05 PM

Dion Waiters said he's willing to take a discount in order to stay with the Heat.

"It depends," Waiters said Sunday. "Yeah, I would, though. But, like I said, it depends, just being the right thing, at the right time. It’s just got to be right. It’s got to be equal." Waiters made $2.9 million in 2016-17 and recently turned down his player option for $3 million, and he's widely expected to command a deal in the $15 million per season range this summer. Waiters was in the best shape of his life this season and averaged 15.8 points, 4.3 assists, 3.3 rebounds, 0.9 steals and 1.8 triples on 42.4 percent shooting, and with the Heat expected to have $38 million in cap space, it seems likely that he will remain in Miami.
Jun 5 - 10:03 AM

Dion Waiters intends to decline his player option, according to Chris Haynes of

This has been expected and Waiters did say he wants to re-sign with the Heat this summer. After the Heat signed him at a bargain rate last summer, Waiters is only turning away around $3.2 million for the 2017-18 season. Before this season, Waiters was viewed as a high-volume, low-efficient scorer with little else, but the 25-year-old guard really stepped up thanks to some injuries. The Heat should have some money to use this offseason, so they're still one of the favorites to sign him.
Jun 2 - 9:02 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Goran Dragic
2Tyler Johnson
SG1Josh Richardson
2Dion Waiters
3Wayne Ellington
SF1Justise Winslow
2Rodney McGruder
PF1James Johnson
2Kelly Olynyk
3Okaro White
C1Hassan Whiteside
2Edrice Adebayo
3A.J. Hammons
4Udonis Haslem