Player News - Heat

Date: Team: Pos:

Celtics' owner Steve Pagliuca said that he hasn't spoken with Ray Allen in the last couple of months.

Allen is said to be pondering an NBA comeback after two years removed from the game, but it's looking like we can cross Boston off his list of suitors. The Bucks and Knicks could still be an option for the 41-year-old veteran, but he won't earn enough playing time with either of those clubs to warrant a draft pick in any format.
Aug 24 - 11:47 AM

Erik Spoelstra said that he wants Derrick Williams to "be aggressive with his ability to attack the paint."

"With us, he can come here, be aggressive with his ability to attack the paint, get to the free throw line," Spoelstra said. "We will put him in situations where he can play anywhere on the floor... He can guard 1 through 4. He can handle, can play off the ball, play in the post, do a lot of different things. A lot of times with young players like a Derrick Williams, it's about the right fit, the right place and right time in your career. And we think this really is all three things with Derrick." Williams' fantasy value will hinge on the health of Chris Bosh (blood clots).
Aug 21 - 6:56 PM
Chris Bosh - F/C - Heat

Chris Bosh may be able to play next season while taking a blood thinning medication that would be out of his system by game time.

This is something that was suggested to the Miami medical staff last spring, but they ultimately decided it was not something they were comfortable doing. There currently isn't a clear consensus amongst the medical community about whether a player who has had two blood clotting episodes in the span of a year should remain on blood thinners beyond the recommended six-month cycle, but it's worth noting that Bosh does not have the gene that predisposes him to clotting issues.
Aug 21 - 6:45 PM

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra wants Hassan Whiteside to keep working on his strength and conditioning so that he can play more minutes this season.

"Just continue the overall development with his body, working on his conditioning, getting stronger while maintaining his weight and flexibility," Spoelstra said. "And he will have to be able to absorb more minutes, more responsibility, more games, which is a different level of training in the weight room." He put up first-round value in standard leagues despite playing 29.1 minutes per game last season, so the promise of a larger role means his value should be safe. For what it's worth, Spoelstra said that HW has the potential to be one of the best players in the league.
Aug 19 - 11:07 AM

Beno Udrih has reportedly agreed to re-sign with the Heat on a one-year deal.

Udrih will serve as the third-string point guard on the depth chart, which likely means that Briante Weber will be spending most of the year in the D-League. Udrih won't be worth drafting anywhere.
Aug 17 - 11:09 AM
Chris Bosh - F/C - Heat

Erik Spoelstra did not mention Chris Bosh (blood clots) during a recent promotional video he did for Heat fans.

Spoelstra made a vague reference to the loss of Dwyane Wade, and then went over why he's excited about the upcoming season, mentioning Hassan Whiteside, Tyler Johnson and Justise Winslow; but he failed to bring up Bosh. The Heat continue to be sparse with the updates on Bosh, and all we've really gotten so far is that they are "cautiously optimistic" that Bosh can play next season. We likely won't be getting a firm update until training camp, but currently, Bosh makes for a dubious fantasy asset.
Aug 16 - 4:09 PM

Bucks president Peter Feigin said that the team is still in discussions with Ray Allen.

Allen has also been linked to the Knicks and Celtics, but a deal isn't imminent just yet. Rashad Vaughn has a lot of work to do, so signing Allen wouldn't be a bad idea for a Bucks team that is hoping to get back into the playoffs.
Aug 15 - 11:56 AM
Chris Bosh - F/C - Heat

According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the Heat are "cautiously optimistic" that Chris Bosh (blood thinners) will play this season.

The Heat haven't been transparent at all regarding Bosh, so we'll take any hint we can get. Heat owner Micky Arison hinted in a letter to season-ticket holders last week that he expects Bosh to play, but a final decision on his status could be made within the next month. The uncertainty should keep his ADP down, but he's still a risky target. Expect Justise Winslow to spend more time at the four if Bosh misses more time.
Aug 14 - 12:58 PM

Tyler Johnson is now preparing for a larger role with the Heat.

"He's [Chris Bosh] been kind of talking to me about what he needs to see out of me this year, how my role is going to grow and how now it's not time to pace myself [anymore]," Johnson said. "It's time for me to make that leap." Considering most of Johnson's drills have been "skewed toward being a point guard," Miami's backcourt situation will be an interesting one to watch with Goran Dragic entrenched as the starter, Josh Richardson in the mix and Dion Waiters the presumed favorite to start at shooting guard. As for where he needs to improve the most, Johnson wants to have a better handle on "controlling the game."
Aug 13 - 2:59 PM

Corey Hawkins has signed a deal with Pistoia Basket in Italy.

He spent last season in the D-League after the Heat cut him from training camp, averaging 11.0 points and 3.0 boards per game.
Source: Sportando
Aug 12 - 12:13 PM
Chris Bosh - F/C - Heat

Heat owner Micky Arison hinted that he expects Chris Bosh (blood thinners) to return next season in a letter sent out to season-ticket holders.

"I fully expect this team, from Pat Riley to Head Coach Erik Spoelstra, to our veterans Chris Bosh, Udonis Haslem, Goran Dragic and Josh McRoberts, to our returning young core of Hassan Whiteside, Justise Winslow, Josh Richardson and Tyler Johnson, to the fresh faces joining the HEAT Family to continue our mantra of being the 'hardest working, best conditioned, most professional, unselfish, toughest, meanest, nastiest team in the NBA,' " Arison wrote. It's not much to work with, but the Heat are expected to make a decision regarding Bosh's status within the next month. Until he's cleared, fantasy owners should tread carefully.
Aug 12 - 9:18 AM

Tyler Johnson said that his offseason workouts with the Heat are "skewed toward being a point guard."

The Heat matched a four-year, $50 million offer for Johnson, who said that the team's plan for him hasn't changed. "It's still the same goal that [coach Erik Spoelstra] has had from last year," he said, "to get a lot of reps at point guard." In five starts last year he averaged 9.0 points, 1.0 threes, 3.8 rebounds and 0.6 steals, with more turnovers (2.6) than assists (2.4). Fantasy owners should take a wary view of him, since Miami's backcourt already includes Goran Dragic, Josh Richardson, Dion Waiters and Wayne Ellington.
Aug 10 - 9:23 PM

Goran Dragic has been working out with the Slovenian national team in preparation for the season.

Pat Riley challenged Dragic to come back in better shape this season, so it's good to see the point guard taking his advice. Dwyane Wade and his 31.5 usage rate has moved on to Chicago, so Dragic's fantasy value should get a nice boost during the 2016-17 season.
Aug 8 - 9:46 AM

Wayne Ellington is expected to be a 3-point specialist for the Heat next season according to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Winderman adds that Ellington isn't guaranteed playing time despite his 3-point shooting ability, which isn't a surprise considering he's competing with Josh Richardson, Dion Waiters and Tyler Johnson for minutes. Fantasy owners will want to ignore Ellington in most formats.
Aug 7 - 12:57 PM

According to Heat reporter Ira Winderman, Josh Richardson will "get his minutes" next season.

Winderman also opines that Richardson has the greatest upside on the Heat when you factor in his NBA-minimum scale contract. It has also been reported that Richardson will see some minutes at the three this season, so maybe the acquisition of Dion Waiters won't hurt J-Rich as much as originally thought. He's still on the radar as a late-round pick with upside.
Aug 7 - 12:53 PM


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