Player News - Heat

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

Willie Reed (bruised sternum) is probable for Tuesday's game vs. the Rockets.

Reed only plays minutes in the teens while Hassan Whiteside is healthy, but this does have a couple fantast implications. Luke Babbitt's minutes will take a hit with Reed back in the rotation and James Johnson won't have to spend a lot of time as the backup center. Reed is just a handcuff for Whiteside's owners in deeper leagues.
Jan 16 - 1:58 PM

Josh Richardson (foot) will miss at least the next two weeks of action.

We were waiting for a timetable but this is the best we are going to get. Unless you can stash Richardson in an IR spot, standard-league owners in a bad spot should probably move on. With that said, we still like Richardson's outlook for the rest of the season. Dion Waiters will get the bulk of the SG minutes in Richardson's absence and is worth a look if you need points. The Heat will also sign PF Okaro White to a 10-day deal on Monday.
Jan 16 - 12:46 PM

Miami has reportedly been granted a hardship exception and they will be calling up Okaro White from their D-League affiliate to fill their 16th roster spot.

This report means that an independent doctor has ruled that Josh Richardson (foot) will miss at least another two weeks with his injury, and while White could get some run for the injury-depleted Heat, Dion Waiters, Wayne Ellington and Tyler Johnson will be the primary beneficiaries sans Richardson. Owners in most settings can use a wait-and-see approach with White.
Willie Reed - F/C - Heat

Willie Reed (bruised sternum) was a limited participant during Sunday's practice.

"During the non-contact part, there was some soreness," Reed said. "All in all, I’m fine. We’re just going to see how it feels when you take a blow to it. That’s the biggest key." With Reed on the sidelines, James Johnson has been forced into heavy minutes, earning some run at the five-spot in small ball lineups when Hassan Whiteside goes to the bench. Reed isn't worth a roster spot anywhere.
Jan 15 - 2:14 PM

Erik Spoelstra implied on Sunday that Josh Richardson (foot) is not close to a return, saying his return to action can be measured in weeks, not days.

"It is still only a sprain, he is getting better but he still is in a boot," Spoelstra said. Miami was granted a hardship exception on Sunday which means that an independent doctor has deemed that Richardson will spend at least another two weeks on the sidelines. He hasn't quite taken off this season, so we won't blame you for making the cut if you're struggling. Dion Waiters looks like Miami's starting two-guard moving forward, and he's worth a look in points leagues.
Jan 15 - 2:07 PM

Dion Waiters feels healthy and is confident he will snap out of his recent slump.

Since returning from a groin tear back on January 4th, Waiters is averaging 8.4 points, while shooting just 29.8 percent from the floor and 17.6 percent from downtown. Waiters believes he is close to regaining the form he had prior to the injury, when he was playing arguably the best basketball of his career. "No question, it's coming," Waiters said confidently. "Sooner than later, there's no doubt about that. The wait is over."
Jan 14 - 2:04 PM

James Johnson double-doubled with 10 points and 12 assists in Friday's loss vs. the Bucks.

You read that right. The 12 assists were obviously a career-high, beating his previous mark of eight set back in 2014. Johnson played some more center tonight with Willie Reed out and logged 38 minutes, shooting 4-of-7 from the field with two rebounds, two blocks and a triple. He's a workhorse for coach Erik Spoelstra and could be a beast the rest of the way if the Heat don't add any forwards at the before the trade deadline. He's a must-own player for his ability to stuff the stat sheet in multiple categories.
Jan 13 - 11:03 PM

Tyler Johnson scored 14 points on 6-of-12 shooting in Friday's loss to the Bucks.

The combo guard added five assists with two rebounds, three steals, two blocks and one triple in 30 minutes. His defensive stats are on the rise with eight blocks in seven games since the turn of the new year. There was yet another Goran Dragic trade rumor on Friday linking him to the Magic, but Johnson is already returning top-65 value in standard leagues as a reserve. He could become a monster if Dragic finds a new home.
Jan 13 - 10:59 PM

Luke Babbitt scored a season-high 16 points with four 3-pointers, four rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 32 minutes on Friday against the Bucks.

The Heat played a lot of small ball with Willie Reed out so that really help Babbitt. He finished 6-of-9 from the field and the minutes were also a season high, but this is likely going to be the flukiest line of the night. This was Babbitt's fourth game of the season with double-digit points and this was the first time he eclipsed the 25-minute mark since Nov. 4. You can leave him on the wire with confidence since Reed is day-to-day.
Jan 13 - 10:49 PM

Hassan Whiteside scored 19 points vs. the Bucks on Friday with nine rebounds, two assists and one steal in 31 minutes.

This was just his fifth game of the season with less than 10 rebounds and his fourth without a block, but that's a testament to his consistency. He finished 7-of-12 from the field and 5-of-6 from the line, but unfortunately this was the second and final game for the Heat in Week 12. The Heat will now return home from a six-game road trip and will face the Rockets on Tuesday.
Jan 13 - 10:43 PM

Josh Richardson (sprained left foot) will his third consecutive game on Friday, but is "getting better" according to coach Erik Spoelstra.

Richardson is still in a walking boot but appears to be moving in the right direction. "He's getting better," Spoelstra said. "We wanted to monitor him and see if we could take the next step and get him ready. He is finding some relief." We will have to wait for a more formal update from the team regarding J-Rich possibly returning to the lineup. After Friday, the Heat don't play again until next Tuesday.
Jan 13 - 1:23 PM

The Orlando Magic, among other teams, have expressed interest in Goran Dragic, according to ESPN's Zach Lowe.

Dragic will surely be one of the names that are bandied about over the next month, in the lead-up to February's trade deadline. It's hard to imagine a scenario that is more fantasy-friendly to Dragic than the situation in Miami right now. Dragic is the offensive focal point for the short-handed Heat. His Usage Rate of 26.5 represents a career high.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 13 - 1:08 PM
Willie Reed - F/C - Heat

Willie Reed (bruised sternum) will not play in Friday's game against the Bucks.

Reed is averaging 11.9 minutes in non-starts this season, backing up Hassan Whiteside. The Heat don't have another true center on the roster. With Reed not available on Friday, Udonis Haslem may see more minutes behind Whiteside. The more intriguing outcome, from a fantasy perspective, would be Miami playing small-ball, with James Johnson seeing additional minutes.
Jan 13 - 12:46 PM

Josh Richardson (foot) will not play in Friday's game against the Bucks.

He is still in a walking boot and will likely miss more time. The good news is there is no structural damage on Richardson, but he's typically been a slower healer than others. Richardson was playing really well now that he's found his shot, so he's still a stash candidate. Rodney McGruder and Dion Waiters will be playing more with Waiters having far more fantasy value.
Jan 12 - 4:32 PM
Willie Reed - F/C - Heat

Willie Reed (bruised sternum) is questionable for Friday's game against the Bucks.

He did not practice and was in sweats for the session on Thursday. Reed has been in the rotation as a straight backup to Hassan Whiteside, but likely won't play more than 15 minutes most nights. If he's out, Udonis Haslem could be next man up or the Heat could use James Johnson at the five more.
Jan 12 - 4:29 PM


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