Player News - Heat

Date: Team: Pos:
Willie Reed - F/C - Heat

Willie Reed said that he will spend time this summer honing his skills on the offensive end.

"Obviously my defense is ahead of my offense at this point," said Reed. "So I’ve been working extremely hard to make sure I get better on the offensive end." Reed could be looking at some increased opportunity next season if Chris Bosh (blood clots) is forced into an early retirement, but if Bosh and Hassan Whiteside are healthy, Reed will be an irrelevant name in fantasy hoops.
Jul 21 - 3:17 PM

Tyler Johnson is eager to prove that he's worth the four-year, $50 million contract he signed this summer with Miami.

"I’m going to be healthy," said Johnson, who spent all but 36 games on the sidelines last season. "I remember how I was playing at the beginning of the season last year. I’m excited to be able to get back to that and show people that not only do I deserve [that big money deal] but in a couple of years they’re going to say they got me for a steal." Johnson is going to be stepping into the largest role of his career next season, so he'll be someone to consider during the later rounds on draft day.
Jul 19 - 4:39 PM

Pat Riley said he's expecting Justise Winslow to start at small forward for the Heat next season.

With the departure of Luol Deng and Dwyane Wade, Winslow is due to see a copious amount of minutes next season, making him an intriguing late-round gamble on draft day. Winslow put in averages of 16.3 points, 3.7 boards, 2.3 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.3 triples per game during Orlando summer league, although he also shot 29.8 percent from the field. Winslow's fantasy value is going to be more attractive in points leagues.
Jul 16 - 1:35 PM
Chris Bosh - F/C - Heat

Pat Riley did not provide any updates on Chris Bosh's (blood clots) situation during Saturday's press conference.

"I know Chris wants to play, and we would be open to that," said Riley. "But this is still fluid. There's not an answer." Basically, if Bosh is on a blood thinning medication to prevent blood clots, he's not going to play NBA basketball. For what it's worth, the Heat, Bosh and his doctors are talking "constantly," and Riley said they've even discussed the possibility of Bosh only playing in "some games," but they won't have an official decision on Bosh’ status for the 2016-17 season until August or September.
Jul 16 - 1:23 PM

Hassan Whiteside said he'll spend time this offseason working to improve as a jump shooter and ball handler.

"Being able to dribble a lot more, [and] jumpers. Still post work," Whiteside said. "I want to get the rebound and push it in transition. I’m not trying to say I’m going to be Goran Dragić or anything, but I just feel like a couple dribbles up the court could help speed up our offense." Whiteside rarely drifted outside the paint last year, and while expanding his range could help Miami's offensive attack, it will also likely result in a reduce field goal percentage. He'll still be worth a first-round target on draft day.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 16 - 12:39 PM

Rodney McGruder (bruised left hip) will not play in Thursday's summer league game vs. Phoenix.

Players at summer league tend to sit out if they're not 100 percent, so this isn't surprising at all. McGruder is competing for a roster spot in Miami, and after dropping 23 points with five triples during Monday's summer league game, he's likely at least earned himself a camp invite.
Jul 14 - 6:26 PM

The Heat have reportedly been having ongoing discussions with unrestricted free agent Beno Udrih.

Miami already has 15 players on their roster, so if Udrih does wind up re-upping with Miami for the veteran's minimum, someone would have to go. Briante Weber or Rodney McGruder would be the most likely cut candidates should Udrih sign in Miami.
Jul 13 - 9:21 AM
Chris Bosh - F/C - Heat

Udonis Haslem is expecting Chris Bosh (blood clots) to be ready for the 2016-17 season.

While Haslem may be expecting his teammate to be ready, that doesn't necessarily guarantee Bosh will be healthy enough to play. "I don't really know," Haslem said. "Nobody knows what the situation is gonna be with Chris. I'm preparing that he's gonna be healthy." We'll keep an eye on Bosh's progress throughout the summer, but as things stand, he'll be a risky pick in fantasy drafts after having his last two seasons cut short by blood clots.
Jul 12 - 1:30 PM

Rodney McGruder scored 23 points with three rebounds and five 3-pointers in 32 minutes on Monday.

He's been signed and is a pretty good bet to make the opening-night roster. McGruder plays of the wing as more of a score-first guy, so the Heat might need someone like him. Obviously he's nowhere near the fantasy radar just yet.
Jul 11 - 10:00 PM

Heat re-sign C Hassan Whiteside to a multi-year contract.

His four-year, $98-plus million deal is now official. Whiteside, now the face of the new Miami Heat in the days after Dwyane Wade, will be under the microscope regularly and will have to routinely deal with media scrutiny that he simply hasn't faced prior. Whiteside's story will make for quite the 30-for-30, as this is a guy who had to go everywhere—from Lebanon to the YMCA—to keep his NBA dream alive. Now, he's a $100 million man.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 11 - 12:58 PM

Beno Udrih could return to the Heat for the 2016-17 season, according to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Winderman reports that unless Udrih can "find more money elsewhere," the expectation is for the veteran point guard to re-sign in Miami. It's hard to see how Udrih could find a more lucrative deal than the minimum, so we won't be surprised when he winds up back with his former team. Assuming he's brought back, Udrih would be insurance behind both Goran Dragic and Tyler Johnson on the depth chart.
Jul 11 - 10:41 AM

Wayne Ellington's new two-year, $12M contract with the Heat includes only one guaranteed season, a source told Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.

Ellington could turn himself into a solid trade chip for teams seeking financial flexibility ahead of the 2017 offseason, but the Heat needs his ability to space the floor. Expected to play behind both Josh Richardson and Tyler Johnson in Miami, Ellington's fantasy appeal may be limited to a deep league three-point specialist, at best.
Jul 11 - 10:36 AM
Willie Reed - F/C - Heat

Heat sign F/C Willie Reed to a two-year contract.

The deal is fully guaranteed and carries a player option for the second season. Expected to serve as Hassan Whiteside's primary backup, there isn't much to get excited about regarding Reed's fantasy potential unless Whiteside were to miss an extended period of time. It is worth noting that Reed averaged 15.4 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per 36 minutes in Brooklyn, but he's not going to get an open showcase in Miami.
Jul 11 - 10:21 AM
Willie Reed - F/C - Heat

The Heat and free agent Willie Reed have reportedly agreed to a two-year deal.

The second year is a player option. The Pacers, Wolves and Warriors had also been linked to Reed, but he opted for a Heat team that's still rebuilding its frontcourt depth. Reed should compete with Udonis Haslem as the primary backup for Hassan Whiteside at center, though Miami could add more big men prior to training camp.
Jul 10 - 7:35 PM

The Heat have matched the Brooklyn's four-year offer sheet to Tyler Johnson worth $50 million.

The Nets tried to steal away Johnson from Miami with a "poison pill" contract, but the Heat organization saw the potential in Johnson and ultimately felt he was worth the risk. Johnson will make around $10 million during the first two years of his contract, but that number will sky rocket to roughly $37 million during the final two years of his deal. Johnson figures to be more involved in the Miami attack next year with Dwyane Wade gone, and he'll be worth a late-round gamble on draft day.
Jul 10 - 7:05 PM


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