Player News - Heat

Date: Team: Pos:

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

Tyler Johnson said that during workouts this summer he's focused on "a lot of catch-and-shoot, a lot of pick-and-roll jumpers."

He also referred to working on "the everyday things" familiar to a combo guard -- "handles, reading the game, understanding the game, time and situation." Johnson recently worked out with Dion Waiters in Philadelphia, and their chemistry will be particularly important if they're paired together behind a starting backcourt of Goran Dragic and Josh Richardson. Miami's rotation is one to watch during the preseason.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 10 - 12:57 AM

Kelly Olynyk said he won't play in games with the Canadian national team this summer.

He did say he will train with the team. One he starts his season with the Heat, Olynyk could get minutes at the four and the five, especially with how coach Erik Spoelstra likes to play the matchups. He figures to get most of his minutes as the backup five man, assuming rookie Bam Adebayo doesn't tear it up early.
Aug 9 - 2:45 PM

The Heat kept Okaro White on their roster beyond his Aug. 1 guarantee deadline, which means he is now guaranteed at least $453,000 for the 2017-18 season.

If White is still on the roster on opening night, his contract will become fully guaranteed for $1.3 million. White played well for the Miami during summer league action in Orlando, averaging a team-high 19.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.5 bocks over four games. However, with the Heat signing Kelly Olynyk and bringing back James Johnson, it is unlikely White will see consistent minutes next season, if he does make the 15-man roster.
Aug 4 - 10:52 AM

The Heat "privately has expressed interest" in offering Josh Richardson a contract extension, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.

He became eligible to get an extension on Thursday, but the team has not made an official offer yet. The Heat could offer him a contract worth $41 million over four years. If he doesn't want to accept that, he would become a restricted free agent next summer -- restricted free agents haven't fared well this summer, for what it's worth. Even with Dion Waiters back, Richardson should make an impact on the Heat as a late-round target in fantasy leagues.
Aug 3 - 10:55 PM

The Heat kept Rodney McGruder past the Aug. 1 deadline, which means he is now guaranteed at least $453,000 for the 2017-18 season.

If McGruder is still on the roster on opening night, his contract will become fully guaranteed for $1.3 million. McGruder started 65 games and averaged 25.2 minutes per contest for Miami last season. However, he will very likely see a significant reduction in playing time next season as long as Justise Winslow returns healthy.
Aug 2 - 4:12 PM

Justise Winslow (torn rotator cuff) said that he's already been cleared for full contact and remains on track to be 100 percent for camp.

The only thing he's not doing is scrimmaging, but that should change soon. "I’ve fallen, I’ve hit the ground and I’ve gotten up with little to no pain," Winslow said of his surgically-repaired shoulder. "Pretty much no pain each time. So it feels good. It feels pretty stable." While the Heat continue to say he will have to earn his spot back, he's the heavy favorite to start at small forward next season. He's still pretty raw offensively and his perimeter shooting is a work in progress, but his hustle stats and large workload warrants a look in the later rounds. In 33 games last season, Winslow averaged 10.9 points, 5.2 boards, 3.7 assists and 1.4 steals.
Jul 31 - 11:55 AM

Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel expects the Heat to keep both Okaro White and Rodney McGruder for 2017-18.

Unless the Heat waive either player before Aug. 1, their $1.3 million salaries become fully guaranteed for another season. McGruder's roster spot was likely never in jeopardy, but White proved he belongs too with a strong showing at the Summer League. The Heat were able to bring back James Johnson, so White will have a tough time cracking the rotation on opening night.
Jul 31 - 10:09 AM

Josh Richardson is expected to consider a contract extension with the Heat this summer.

The Heat could offer Richardson a four-year extension in the $43 million range, but Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald notes that a three-year deal at roughly $30 million with a player option on Year-3 might be the most attractive package Miami could offer Richardson. Of course, he could gamble on himself and wait to hit restricted free agency in 2018, which probably makes the most sense for Richardson after a relatively disappointing 2016-17 campaign.
Jul 30 - 2:31 PM

The Miami Heat denied an ESPN report that they offered Goran Dragic and Justise Winslow to the Cavs in a package for Kyrie Irving.

On Friday morning, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN published a column updating the Kyrie Irving situation. Woj reported that seven teams had submitted formal offers to Cleveland. He provided details on Miami's offer, stating that the Heat "are willing to part with Goran Dragic and Justise Winslow as centerpieces" in a deal. Later in the day, according to Ira Winderman of the Sun-Sentinel, Miami took the "rare step of commenting on trade speculation" to publicly deny "that any offer, of any sort, had been made for Irving."
Jul 29 - 12:23 PM

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Heat "are willing to part with Goran Dragic and Justise Winslow as centerpieces" in a trade for Kyrie Irving.

It's a strong offer from Miami, but Wojnarowski notes that, due to the strained relationship between Miami and Cleveland, "there's little chance for a deal unless the Heat offered an overwhelming package." The key to the trade would be how Cleveland views Winslow, who is a promising prospect but has had a rocky start to his NBA career. Woj also reports that six other teams have submitted formal offers for Irving: San Antonio Spurs, L.A. Clippers, Phoenix Suns, Minnesota Timberwolves and the New York Knicks.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 28 - 9:34 AM

The Heat have signed G Derrick Walton Jr. to a two-way contract.

Walton will be another body at training camp, but he'll more than likely be playing in the G-League next season.
Source: NBA
Jul 24 - 6:17 PM

The Heat have signed G Matt Williams.

Williams appeared in eight summer league games for Miami, contributing averages of 9.9 points and 2.6 rebounds on shooting 38 percent shooting. The undrafted guard out of UCF will attempt to earn himself a regular-season roster spot over the course of training camp, but that'll be a tall order with the amount of depth Miami already has at the guard spots.
Jul 24 - 5:18 PM

Udonis Haslem has signed a one-year, minimum deal to return to the Heat.

This has been expected for two weeks and Thursday morning owner Micky Arison tweeted out "UD" with a party hat emoji, so the captain is back. He's basically just going to be an extension of the coaching staff in what will be his 15th season.
Jul 20 - 2:40 PM

Wayne Ellington said it meant "a heckuva lot" to him that the Heat picked up his $6.3 million player option for the 2017-18 season.

"At the end of the season, Pat told me ‘I want to get better, but I want to get better with you,’" said Ellington. "It made me feel like he was going to do what he had to do to get our team better – which I feel like he did – but at the same time I was able to stay on board. I’m ecstatic about that." Ellington was able to get on the floor more than usual last year with due to a plethora of injuries in Miami's backcourt, but he might not be quite as involved next season if the guys like Josh Richardson, Tyler Johnson and Dion Waiters are able to stay healthy.
Jul 19 - 11:24 AM


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