Player News - Heat

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Rodney McGruder will undergo surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left tibia on Tuesday.

The Heat haven't announced a timetable yet, but previous reports have indicated that he'll miss 3-6 months. "I know how he’s going to respond to this and he’s going to come back quicker than most human beings," coach Erik Spoelstra said. "But we’ll do it in a healthy way. And, his spirits haven’t even changed. That’s what makes Rodney, Rodney." Expect Josh Richardson to open the season as the starting SF after his impressive preseason.
Oct 16 - 9:29 AM

Justise Winslow predicted that he'll come off Miami's bench to begin the regular season.

Rodney McGruder (leg) is expected to miss 3-6 months, which leaves Miami with a hole in the wing rotation, but it looks like Josh Richardson will get the nod at SF. Winslow's fantasy value is damaged by a shaky jump shot, particularly in category leagues, and he conceded that he's still trying to find a rhythm after missing most of 2016-17 due to shoulder surgery. "I’m just going to go out there give my teammates what I can defensively with energy," Winslow said. There should be higher-upside fliers available in 12-team drafts.
Oct 15 - 11:05 AM

Justise Winslow scored 10 points with seven rebounds, three assists, one steal and no turnovers in 24 minutes on Friday.

He's shifted more to the three this week and that will be huge for him with Rodney McGruder (leg) out for a long time. Winslow can handle the ball and maybe he can turn into a Rondae Hollis-Jefferson kind of player due to a lack of a jumper right now. Most owners can probably do better in the last round, but Winslow is an option.
Oct 14 - 12:25 AM

Jordan Mickey scored 12 points with 10 rebounds, one assist, two steals and two turnovers in 32 minutes on Friday.

He's been great and he's likely leapfrogged guys like Okaro White. Still, Mickey is probably not going to be in the rotation.
Oct 14 - 12:23 AM

Kelly Olynyk started at power forward on Friday with no points, four rebounds, and two assists in eight minutes.

Coach Erik Spoelstra seems to like playing Olynyk at the four, and now that's definitely an option because of the loss of Rodney McGruder. Olynyk is very up and down in his career, but the Coach Spo factor makes him a late-round option for those looking for an offensive big.
Oct 14 - 12:21 AM

Wayne Ellington scored eight points with one assist and one 3-pointer in 15 minutes on Friday.

He will be in the rotation and most of his minutes should come as the backup to Josh Richardson and Dion Waiters. The Heat have more depth this year, so Ellington isn't expected to do much while the team is healthy.
Oct 14 - 12:16 AM

Hassan Whiteside scored seven points with three rebounds, one steal and two blocks in 11 minutes against the 76ers on Friday.

He got into some foul trouble and Joel Embiid called to the bench to take him out. Because of that, we have our first NBA Twitter beef. Some videos popped up of the play with Embiid and Whiteside replied with his side of the story. Embiid also replied to Whiteside with a comment and #softy. Both Whiteside and The Process are going to have big seasons if healthy with Whiteside as the better fantasy pick for his durability.
Oct 14 - 12:14 AM

The Heat announced Rodney McGruder (leg) did suffer a stress fracture to his left tibia, but he is still being evaluated.

The initial report from The Vertical says McGruder will "likely" undergo surgery, so that report still looks to be very accurate. Regardless, players should not play on stress reactions to their tibia or fibula with players like Bradley Beal and Jrue Holiday having multiple re-fractures in their careers. For now, expect McGruder to miss most of the season with Josh Richardson as the likely opening-night starter.
Oct 12 - 4:08 PM

Josh Richardson is expected to start on opening night against the Magic on Wednesday.

The injury to Rodney McGruder (leg) is a tough loss for the Heat. This isn't concrete news on Richardson getting the start, but every Heat beat reporter is expecting him to get the nod -- we're in agreement after his strong preseason and how he saw the vast majority of his minutes at the three last year. The Heat have been using Justise Winslow at the three slightly more these days, which could be a more viable play if they want to use Kelly Olynyk at the four. Regardless, Richardson's fantasy value continues to rise and he's now worth a pick in the middle rounds of standard drafts.
Oct 12 - 4:02 PM

Rodney McGruder will likely undergo surgery on a stress fracture in his leg and is expected to miss 3-6 months.

This is a tough blow for the Heat wing, who had a lot of success in the starting lineup and fit this roster very nicely. This surgery would likely keep him out for most of the season or at least until the All-Star break. With McGruder out, the red-hot Josh Richardson is likely going to start and his fantasy stock continues to soar. This should allow coach Erik Spoelsta use Dion Waiters, Tyler Johnson and Wayne Ellington more, as well. Perhaps Justise Winslow shifts back over to the three more, too.
Oct 12 - 3:10 PM

Okaro White (shoulder) will not play on Friday.

He suffered a left shoulder injury on Wednesday and did not return. White got the start in that game, but it was because the Heat rested so many guys. He likely won't be in the rotation, especially with how the Heat are using Justise Winslow and Kelly Olynyk at the four a bunch.
Oct 12 - 2:58 PM

The Heat have waived G Larry Drew II.

He'll head down to Miami's G-League affiliate, where he'll spend most of the 2017-18 season.
Source: NBA
Oct 12 - 1:10 PM

Heat rookie Bam Adebayo scored 15 points off the bench on Wednesday, making 6-of-10 field goals and 3-of-4 free throws with two rebounds and two turnovers in 23 minutes.

Adebayo feasted on easy looks at the rim tonight, and he earned Erik Spoelstra's praise after the game. "You see the athleticism, toughness, multiple efforts he brings," Spo said. "True vertical threat to your pick-and-roll game." Hassan Whiteside was resting tonight, however, and Adebayo has a lot to prove to fantasy owners -- he came in a combined 1-of-10 from the field in his first four preseason games.
Oct 11 - 11:45 PM

Josh Richardson started on Wednesday and had 13 points, two rebounds, one assist, one block and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes vs. the Wizards.

Goran Dragic was resting again and J-Rich frequently ran the offense, just one more indication of how much Erik Spoelstra trusts him. His fantasy upside has already been demonstrated, when he racked up top-20 roto value last April, and he's a terrific target whether he's starting or coming off the bench. The only 'bad news' is that his scintillating preseason has sent his ADP on a rapid upward trajectory, so he's unlikely to be available in the final rounds.
Oct 11 - 11:44 PM

Kelly Olynyk started at center with Hassan Whiteside resting on Wednesday, putting up eight points, seven rebounds, four assists and one turnover in 22 minutes.

Olynyk has played both PF and C this preseason, paving the way for a solid role with minutes in the mid-20s. He'll go undrafted in most 12-team leagues, but could emerge as a worthwhile option, especially if he earns the starting PF job ahead of James Johnson.
Oct 11 - 11:43 PM


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