Player News - Heat

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Goran Dragic believes he is "ready" to play a leading role for the Heat.

Ready or not, it's coming his way with Chris Bosh (blood clots) out indefinitely and Dwayne Wade now wearing a Bulls uniform. "I already felt great last year in the middle of the season, and even this year I’m in way better than shape than I was last year," Dragic said. "I was playing all summer. I’m ready. I need to take care of a couple things — try to be more aggressive, try to score and try to get everybody else involved. I already started or felt like that last season in the playoffs. For me, nothing is going to change, basically. I need to be myself and play my game." After being somewhat of a fantasy letdown last year, Dragic is shaping up to be a draft day bargain and serious bounce-back candidate this time around.
Sep 24 - 6:24 PM

Hassan Whiteside is confident that his chemistry with Goran Dragic will continue to improve.

"Each game me and Goran got better. He’s easy to talk to. He’s a really good point guard. As the season went on, me and Goran understood each other better," Whiteside said. "[This] year is going to be even bigger. More of me and Goran communicating on that basketball level and getting to know each other better." There is a huge onus on Whiteside and Dragic to step up and lead without Dwyane Wade or Chris Bosh in the picture, and those two players will be relied upon to lead Miami's offensive charge for the foreseeable future.
Sep 24 - 5:02 PM
Chris Bosh - F/C - Heat

The Miami Heat have released an official statement on Chris Bosh stating that the team is unable to clear him to take the court.

"The Miami HEAT and Chris Bosh, in consultation with team doctors and other physicians, have been working together for many months with the mutual goal of having Chris return to the court as soon as possible," the statement said. "Chris has now taken his preseason physical. The Miami HEAT regret that it remains unable to clear Chris to return to basketball activities, and there is no timetable for his return. We are not able to comment further in light of Article XXII, Section 3(e) of the NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement, which precludes a team from releasing certain medical information without a player's consent." Bosh remains hopeful that he'll be able to play in the NBA again, but as has been the case since last season, there remain more questions than answers and the search for clarity is again clouded by fog.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 24 - 4:06 PM

Keith Benson has signed a training camp deal with the Heat.

Benson will be the 20th player on the Heat's training camp roster. Benson was also with the Heat in camp last season, but his chances of making the team will be slightly better due to the uncertainty around Chris Bosh (blood clots).
Sep 24 - 10:37 AM

According to the Miami Herald, Josh Richardson (right MCL) is expected to return to the court "very early in the season, at the latest."

Richardson suffered a partially torn MCL in early September and was given a timetable of 6-8 weeks, so it's not out of the question that he could be available for the season opener. The Miami Herald is reporting that Dion Waiters in the front-runner to start, but Richardson will have an excellent chance to take over that role once healthy. Richardson can play several positions and the Heat will use small-ball lineups a lot with Chris Bosh out indefinitely, so his outlook is still promising. He's a solid stash if you're willing to be a little patient.
Sep 24 - 9:49 AM

Dion Waiters is the "front-runner" to start at shooting guard according to the Miami Herald.

This isn't a surprise with Josh Richardson currently recovering from a knee injury. Richardson is not expected to miss much time during the regular season, but Waiters should have a large role in the offense early on, especially now that Chris Bosh's future with the Heat is up in the air. The Heat will likely use a lot of small-ball lineups, so despite the presence of Richardson, Tyler Johnson and Wayne Ellington, there should be plenty of minutes to go around. However, Waiters is still just a late-round flier with little upside after averaging 9.8 points on 39.9 percent shooting in OKC last season.
Sep 24 - 9:42 AM
Chris Bosh - F/C - Heat

Chris Bosh (blood clots) remains hopeful that he will be able to play again.

After failing his physical for the Miami Heat, Bosh received a second opinion from the NBA that agreed with the Heat's findings. Doctors found evidence of "some continued clotting" which would make it too risky for him to play, and he is still considered out indefinitely. His NBA career could be over, but he's not giving up hope just yet and said "it wasn't a matter of if I'm going to play again, but when." The Heat will have to rely on Justise Winslow a ton right out of the gate, while Derrick Williams, James Johnson, Josh McRoberts and Luke Babbitt all have a chance to earn significant minutes.
Sep 24 - 9:32 AM
Chris Bosh - F/C - Heat

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, the Heat increasingly believe that Chris Bosh's career with the franchise is over.

Woj adds that Bosh hasn't spoken with Pat Riley in months, and it's no secret that the two sides have had their fair share of disagreements regarding Bosh's health. The 32-year-old forward recently failed another physical because doctors found evidence of "some continued clotting," and while the Heat simply said that he has no timetable for a return, his NBA career could be over. The Heat are hopeful to get a meeting with Bosh soon to discuss his future. This story is just heating up, so check back for updates throughout the week.
Sep 23 - 12:46 PM
Chris Bosh - F/C - Heat

Chris Bosh has failed his physical and will not be cleared for training camp according to Tim Reynolds of the AP.

An additional report by Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald indicates that doctors have found evidence of "some continued clotting" which is believed to be related to one of two previous episodes. While the complication is not life-threatening if treated, playing with the condition is considered "unrealistic." It's currently unclear if Bosh will attempt to play again, but he is not expected to file a grievance with the union or push to return in the immediate future. His career is in serious jeopardy and his chances of playing again in the NBA appear to be slim. Justise Winslow, Derrick Williams and James Johnson will have to step up. For what it's worth, the Heat continue to say that Bosh has no timetable for a return.
Sep 23 - 11:45 AM
Chris Bosh - F/C - Heat

Chris Bosh (blood clots) said that he's in "good spirits" and he "can't wait" to get back on the court.

To be clear, the Miami medical staff has not officially cleared Bosh, but if he is not cleared, he has said that he'll take the issue to the players union. Bosh sounds determined to play, and he has found "respected doctors" that have said playing while on a blood thinning medication that would be out of his system by game-time could be an option, and Miami is reportedly warming up to this idea. Still, there's too much unknown here to risk anything more than a late-round selection on the 11-time All-Star.
Source: Facebook
Sep 21 - 2:30 PM

Goran Dragic has joined his Miami teammates to participate in informal workouts prior to training camp.

Dragic got off to a slow start last season after coming into camp out of shape, but he spent this past offseason helping Team Slovenia qualify for the EuroBasket tournament, so he should be ready to hit the ground running when camp opens up. Dragic was a top-70 player after the break last year with averages of 17.3 points, 6.7 assists, 1.0 steal and 2.8 turnovers per game, but it's reasonable to expect improvement in all those numbers this year with Dwyane Wade in Chicago and Miami putting an emphasis on pace.
Sep 21 - 1:47 PM
Chris Bosh - F/C - Heat

Chris Bosh said in his documentary Rebuilt that the Miami medical staff told him his career was "probably over" last winter when he was diagnosed with a second blood clot.

Bosh has been fighting that diagnosis since he got it, and it's worth noting that in recent weeks the Miami medical staff has warmed up to the idea of Bosh playing while taking blood thinners. He has been working out for the past couple months, although he still hasn't officially been cleared to take contact, and that decision won't be made until the medical staff has time to analyze the result of his physicals. If Bosh is not cleared by Miami, he's expected to pursue the issue with the NBPA. There's early round upside here, but the uncertainty of the situation makes it tough to justify looking his way until the later rounds.
Sep 21 - 11:18 AM
Chris Bosh - F/C - Heat

Chris Bosh (blood clots) is reportedly going through physicals with the Heat, although the Miami franchise has not made any comments on whether he's passed those physicals or otherwise.

Bosh recently stated that he's "ready to play," and there's reportedly "growing optimism" that he'll be able to take the court next season, so there's enough here to justify taking the plunge on Bosh towards the later rounds given his early-round upside. If Bosh is able to take the court this season, expect his usage rate to be closer to 30 with Dwyane Wade now in Chicago.
Sep 21 - 10:27 AM

Derrick Williams believes he will "thrive" in Miami because they play a lot of "position-less basketball."

"That's the reason why I came here," Williams said. "With [Erik] Spoelstra, Pat Riley, they have a history of developing players and people like myself that haven't found that right opportunity yet, looking at players like myself that can thrive in the position-less basketball." He also said he chose the Heat because of their stability, but it's tough to be excited about Williams' fantasy outlook until we know more about the status of Chris Bosh (blood clots). Williams averaged 9.3 points and 3.7 rebounds in 17.9 minutes per game for the Knicks last season.
Sep 19 - 9:41 AM

Goran Dragic helped Slovenia qualify for the 2017 EuroBasket tournament, averaging 17.4 points, 1.4 threes, 2.8 rebounds, 8.4 assists and 1.2 steals in just 26.5 minutes per game.

Slovenia went 6-0 during the tournament, qualifying easily behind leading scorer Goran and his brother Zoran Dragic, who added 17.3 points per game. Miami's starting PG was a mild disappointment last year, but he's poised for a bounce-back with Dwyane Wade gone and the Heat emphasizing a faster pace offensively.
Source: FIBA.com
Sep 18 - 9:06 PM


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