Player News - Heat

Date: Team: Pos:

Chris Andersen (ankle) will not suit up for Tuesday's game vs. the Warriors.

Erik Spoelstra has said that Andersen "will be out for awhile," so this news isn't surprising. Udonis Haslem and Justin Hamilton will split Andersen's backup minutes, but neither guy is worthy of any attention in standard leagues.
Nov 25 - 6:13 PM

Norris Cole (finger) will return to the starting lineup Tuesday vs. the Warriors.

Cole had an impressive 23-point debut on opening night, but since then he's failed to eclipse 12 points. Cole is averaging just 7.4 points, 3.5 assists, 1.1 steals, and 1.0 three-pointer per game as a starter, and he's just not worth owning in standard leagues. His return will likely translate to a loss of playing time for Shabazz Napier, making Napier an unattractive option in daily leagues.
Nov 25 - 6:00 PM

Dwyane Wade (hamstring) will not play against the Warriors on Tuesday.

This will be his seventh game out of the lineup and at this rate he's going to play even less games than his 54 from last season. Wade does not have a timetable to return and his owners should have him benched until he's back on the court. Mario Chalmers has really stepped up lately while the Heat will use plenty of two-point guard lineups.
Nov 25 - 11:29 AM

Chris Andersen (ankle) "will be out for awhile," according to coach Erik Spoelstra.

This explains why the Heat added Hassan Whiteside and they're extremely thin up front. Andersen owners can cut him loose and there should be more from Udonis Haslem and Justin Hamilton. Whiteside is likely just an emergency guy.
Nov 25 - 11:28 AM

Norris Cole (finger) went through shootaround and is expected to play on Tuesday night.

The writing was kind of on the wall when the Heat released Shannon Brown yesterday. Cole should be able to play his normal allotment of minutes, which means Shabazz Napier could lose some playing time. On the other hand, Mario Chalmers has played superb ball and will likely have a similar role even with Cole back.
Nov 25 - 11:19 AM

Heat waive G/F Shannon Brown.

This is unusual. Brown started on Sunday night and now he's no longer on the team. This probably means Norris Cole (finger) is ready to come back from his dislocated finger. Brown can be cut in all leagues.
Source: NBA.com
Nov 24 - 8:33 PM

The Wizards have not checked on Ray Allen lately.

There is believed to be some interest on both sides, but nothing is imminent. Allen is likely going to sign with a contender and the Wizards made it clear they're going to contend for the top seed in the Eastern Conference. There is no need to stash Allen in fantasy leagues, though.
Nov 24 - 4:39 PM

Ray Allen is being eyed by contending teams as he keeps himself in shape in Miami.

Teams like the Bulls, Spurs, Cavs and Wizards are among the clubs watching Allen from a distance, but this is what we've known for months and there's no need to rehash old information. Allen may join a team for a playoff run this season, and if he does, it will be to chase another ring. There is nothing to suggest he's planning an imminent return.
Nov 24 - 1:35 PM

Udonis Haslem stepped up once Chris Andersen (ankle) went down on Sunday, scoring four points and grabbing three rebounds in 16 minutes during a narrow win vs. the Hornets.

Miami's veteran big man can give them a quality 10-15 minutes per night, but he's no longer capable of playing enough minutes for fantasy value. If Andersen misses significant time, which seems possible, the biggest beneficiaries will be Josh McRoberts (three points in 17 minutes) and Shawne Williams (five points in 25 minutes).
Nov 23 - 8:46 PM

Shannon Brown was dreadful in another start at SG on Sunday, turning the ball over three times to go along with zero points, rebounds or assists.

He played 17 minutes, so opportunities weren't the issue, but he'll fade back into Miami's bench once Dwyane Wade (hamstring) and/or Norris Cole (finger) are healthy enough to play. Our condolences if you tried to wring some value out of him as a starter over the past two games.
Nov 23 - 8:45 PM

Luol Deng erupted for a game-high 26 points with eight rebounds, three assists, one block and zero assists on Sunday, making 10-of-14 shots with two 3-pointers.

He struggled with a wrist injury over the past week but it's clearly no longer an issue, as he torched Gerald Henderson and the Hornets in 38 minutes tonight. This is his second offensive eruption of the season but it should be noted that Dwyane Wade and Norris Cole were both sidelined, which thrust Deng into a bigger role.
Nov 23 - 8:44 PM

Mario Chalmers continued to shine in a lead role on Sunday, posting 20 points, four rebounds, 10 assists, one steal and one block in 38 minutes vs. the Hornets.

Kemba Walker's defense is porous and Chalmers wisely attacked the Charlotte defense all night long, resulting in a 9-of-10 mark at the FT line. The return of Dwyane Wade (hamstring) and Norris Cole (finger) will inevitably cut into Chalmers' production, but he's playing too well to drop off very much. In four starts this year he's averaged 19.3 points, 1.3 triples, 2.8 boards, 5.3 assists and 1.8 steals, while making 55.3 percent of his shots. Nasty.
Nov 23 - 8:43 PM

Chris Andersen went down during the Heat-Hornets game with a sprained right ankle, and he will not return.

Andersen limped his way to the locker room and the injury looked ugly enough that it's unsurprising to see him ruled out for the night. If he misses an extended period of time, his minutes will be split up between Chris Bosh, Shawne Williams, Josh McRoberts and Udonis Haslem.

Chris Andersen went down during the Heat-Hornets game with an apparent ankle injury, and it's not yet known if he will return.

Andersen limped his way to the locker room and we'll pass along any updates as they become available. If Andersen misses an extended period of time, his minutes will be split up between Chris Bosh, Shawne Williams, Josh McRoberts, and Udonis Haslem.

Norris Cole (finger) will not play Sunday vs. the Hornets.

Chalmers will draw the start at point guard tonight with Cole sidelined, and he has a favorable matchup vs. the Hornets. Shannon Brown will likely draw another start at shooting guard, and Shabazz Napier will also get some additional run off the bench. Chalmers is looking like a must-start guy for Sunday, and Napier is coming off two solid games making him an attractive plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Brown logged 36 minutes in his last outing, but was only able to turn in seven points and two assists, making him a risky daily league option.


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