Player News - Heat

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The Heat have granted the Pistons permission to discuss a front-office position with Shane Battier.

Battier joined Miami's decision-makers in 2017 as the Director of Basketball Development and Analytics, which included evaluating talent "including college, free agents and current Miami players." Detroit is casting a wide net in their search for talent in the wake of Stan Van Gundy's exit -- SVG was serving as both head coach and GM, so there's a big void to fill.
May 16 - 7:41 PM

Tyler Johnson said his recovery from thumb surgery has been going well and he expects to shed his cast in "a couple more weeks."

Johnson underwent surgery on April 30 and he's expected to resume basketball activities around mid-June. It seems like he's on track to meet that initial timetable, and he'll have plenty of time to get himself ready for the 2018-19 season. As a side note, his yearly salary will spike to $19.2 million next year, so maybe he'll start earning minutes in the 30s next year. Dwyane Wade would need to retire for that to be a realistic expectation, though.
May 15 - 5:39 PM

Rodney McGruder said his goal is to earn back his rotation spot in 2018-19.

After a promising rookie campaign, McGruder missed half of his sophomore season due to a preseason leg injury. "It added fuel to the fire," McGruder said. "I had a whole season taken away. So just be smarter in the things that I do this summer in my workouts and not put the stress on my body but also try to protect my craft." The Heat are loaded with wings, so if Dwyane Wade returns and Dion Waiters (ankle) comes back healthy it's going to be hard for McGruder to carve out a big role.
May 14 - 12:16 PM

Goran Dragic will not participate in international play for Slovenia this summer.

The Dragon led Slovenia to the European Basketball Championship last summer, but he's 32 now and sees it better for him to rest this summer. "I need to think about myself and my career," Dragic said. "I gave to my country everything I had. Now it's time to end." He's not counting out the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo if Slovenia were to need him, though.
May 13 - 1:01 PM

Udonis Haslem has not yet made a decision about retirement.

Haslem only played sparingly last season, but is considered one of the true leaders in the locker room and a veteran mentor. Haslem has said he is not interested in becoming an assistant coach, but would consider moving into the front office after his playing days are over.
May 12 - 11:33 AM

The Heat will not pick up Jordan Mickey's $1.6 million team option for next season.

The 23-year-old forward made 23 appearances for the Heat in 2017-18, averaging 4.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 0.4 blocks in 12.3 minutes per game. He'll likely receive a training camp invite somewhere else.
May 10 - 1:25 PM

Kelly Olynyk hinted he's expecting to have a larger role with the Heat next season.

"I definitely had the best year of my career and I’ll keep building on that this summer, hopefully, keep expanding my game," said Olynyk. "Just kind of taking that same role that I have this year and just expanding it." Rumors regarding the Heat shopping Hassan Whiteside have been heating up, and if he does get dealt this summer, that could open up a lot of minutes for Olynyk. He was able to produce late-round value in just 23.8 minutes per contest this season, but if he could regularly earn minutes in the 30s, he'd have a solid shot at top-75 value.
May 7 - 4:07 PM

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said the experience Bam Adebayo got in the postseason was "worth its weight in gold."

"Every game that we played," Spoelstra said, "we were playing for our lives to get into the playoffs. That is exponentially important and then helps improvement. And Bam was able to experience all of that. That was great. He is heading into an offseason with a lot of momentum." Adebayo isn't sure if he'll play more PF or center next season, but that hinges on what the Heat do with Hassan Whiteside. Adebayo played 96% of his minutes at center, so a Whiteside trade would obviously give Adebayo's value a significant boost.
May 7 - 12:06 PM

Justise Winslow said that shooting will be his point of emphasis this offseason.

"I’d definitely say work on the mid-range, coming off pick and rolls, step and shoot, lock and loaded, be ready to attack," Winslow said. "I feel like I can be a three-level scorer, getting to the rim, mid-range and three-point shots." Winslow can play multiple positions and even showcased an ability to play point forward for Miami, a position he wants to play more of in 2018-19. His shooting percentages were up across the board, but he'll need to expand his offensive game and improve his efficiency to become a reliable fantasy contributor.
May 6 - 10:25 AM

Josh Richardson said he can take the next step on offense by "being consistently aggressive."

He also admitted to deferring to Dwyane Wade on offense when he arrived, but plans to be much more involved in 2018-19. One of his offseason goals is to improve his ball handling because he wants to play in isolation situations more. Richardson was one of our favorite preseason targets and shattered his ADP with top-35 value in standard leagues. Both Richardson and Heat president Pat Riley said there’s no reason he cannot average 18 points per game, so expectations will be high for the 24-year-old wing.
May 6 - 10:10 AM

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald said there is "strong support among numerous people inside the Heat to trade Hassan Whiteside."

We've already heard several reports that Whiteside is being shopped, and Jackson adds that Heat president Pat Riley is currently "mulling what to do with Whiteside." Riley recently said that Whiteside wasn't ready "mentally or physically" for the playoffs, and his public calls for more playing time rubbed a lot of people in the organization the wrong way. With two years and $52 million left on his deal, the Heat would be very fortunate to get a decent return for the big man.
May 6 - 9:49 AM

The Heat are unsure if Dion Waiters will be ready for training camp, according to Miami reporter Ira Winderman.

Waiters underwent surgery to repair instability in his left ankle in late January. The recovery timetable was expected to be between six to nine months. "I'm not sure when, but he's going to be more than 100 percent," said coach Erik Spoelstra. "I think this is going to be a really important summer for him. He's going to be here and he'll be working a ton behind the scenes just to get his legs right." We should have an update on Waiters' status later in the summer.
May 4 - 11:21 AM

Heat president Pat Riley said that Hassan Whiteside wasn't ready "mentally or physically" for the playoffs.

"There's no doubt he was in a bad state in the playoffs," Riley said. "I'm not going to give him any kind of excuse." Riley backed up coach Erik Spoelstra's decision to bench Whiteside during the playoffs, but said he's willing to be the "intervener" for that relationship if necessary. This will one of the most intriguing storylines to follow this summer and it wouldn't be a surprise to see the big man moved. "He's going to have to do something to change, because he's a hell of a player," Riley added.
Apr 30 - 12:51 PM

Tyler Johnson underwent surgery on Monday to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb.

Johnson played the final two games of the postseason with an injured thumb, but he's not going to waste any time this offseason getting it taken care of. He's expected to be sidelined for roughly six weeks, meaning he should be cleared for basketball activities in mid-June and his status for training camp won't be in doubt. Johnson averaged 11.7 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.7 triples in 28.5 minutes this season, but could lose value in 2018-19 if Dion Waiters is healthy and if Dwyane Wade comes back.
Apr 30 - 12:19 PM

The Knicks are expected to interview Heat assistant coach Juwan Howard for their head coaching vacancy, sources told ESPN's Zach Lowe.

Howard joins David Blatt, Mike Budenholzer, Mark Jackson, James Borrego, David Fizdale, Jerry Stackhouse, Kenny Smith, Jay Larranaga and Mike Woodson as known candidates on New York's list, but it's not yet clear where the Knicks are in their quest to find the right individual. For what it's worth, Stackhouse, Fizdale, and Budenholzer are believed to have made strong impressions.
Source: ESPN
Apr 29 - 2:14 PM

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