Player News - Heat

Date: Team: Pos:

The Miami Heat announced that they have exercised their fourth-year team option on Justise Winslow.

This was a no-brainer for Miami, as Winslow will count just $3.5 million against the cap in 2018-19. He is coming off major shoulder surgery (torn rotator cuff) but said that he is "100 percent" healthy heading into training camp. Winslow has not lived up to expectations over his first two NBA seasons, but has a bright future, as he's still quite young. Per NBA.com, Winslow was the third-youngest player in the league to start on Opening Night during the 2015-16 season at just 20 years, 216 days.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 19 - 1:30 PM

The Heat may give Goran Dragic extra rest during training camp.

Dragic recently carried Slovenia to its first EuroBasket championship and was named MVP of the tournament. However, he had to sit out the fourth quarter of the final due to cramping. Slovenia coach Igor Kokoskov said Dragic "couldn’t play for a quarter. He was cramping on the side, he was laying on the floor. It wasn’t my decision, it was just the body. His body was quitting on Goran." After expending so much energy in mid-September, Miami may choose to rest him more than usual at camp. Still, this won't have any impact on his fantasy value, as he should be completely fresh for the regular season.
Sep 19 - 9:37 AM

According to a report in the Miami Herald, Justise Winslow has been committed to improving his shooting this offseason.

Per the Herald's source, Winslow "has been off the board with his commitment this summer - both in time invested in the gym and a diligence about developing his game, including his shooting." The Heat had high expectations when they drafted Winslow out of Duke, but his first two seasons have been rocky. A shoulder injury limited him to just 18 games last season, and he shot just 35.6 percent from the floor. He'll be competing for the starting small forward spot in the preseason.
Sep 19 - 9:27 AM

The Heat have signed Erik McCree to their training camp roster.

The 6'8" forward played three seasons at Louisiana Tech, averaging 14.9 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.4 triples. The Heat now have 19 players on their training camp roster, so they still have one spot to fill. McCree is unlikely to make the team and is a candidate to join their G-League affiliate.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 18 - 7:50 PM

Josh Richardson officially inked a four-year, $42 million extension with the Heat on Monday.

Richardson took a long time to get going last season, but he was fantastic over the final month of the year with averages of 11.7 points, 3.0 assists, 1.9 triples, 1.6 steals, 1.5 blocks and just 1.3 turnovers per contest on 43.2 percent shooting, which was good enough for top-40 value in standard 9-cat leagues. It is worth pointing out, however, that those late-season numbers came when Dion Waiters was on the sidelines, so it'll be interesting to see if he can replicate that success when Waiters is healthy. Still, J-Rich presents more than enough upside to warrant a late-round pick on draft day.
Source: NBA
Sep 18 - 4:44 PM

Goran Dragic powered Slovenia to a 93-85 win over Serbia in the EuroBasket championship game on Sunday, erupting for 35 points on 12-of-22 shooting and taking home MVP honors.

Dragic added seven boards, three triples, three assists, two steals and three turnovers in his 29 minutes of floor time, and simply put, he was too much to handle for Team Serbia. He'll end his EuroBasket career on a high note, bringing home the gold for Team Slovenia for the first time in EuroBasket history, and setting the single-game scoring record for the Slovenian national team. Dragic will come into Miami's training camp in tip-top shape, and he shouldn't have any trouble at all contributing top-50 value in his 10th NBA season. For what it's worth, he did sit out the fourth quarter due to cramps, but that won't be an issue that affects him at camp.
Sep 17 - 4:50 PM

Goran Dragic scored 15 points with six rebounds and five assists in a win over Spain to get the Slovenian team to the EuroBasket final.

The Slovenians will take on the winner of the Serbia vs. Russia game on Friday. Dragic has played well for almost the entire tournament and he's helped his team get to 8-0. He is 31 years old and sometimes we've seen older players hit a wall after some international competition, but Dragic is still worthy of a pick near No. 50 in standard leagues.
Sep 14 - 4:48 PM

Josh Richardson is finalizing a four-year, $42 million contract extension with the Heat.

This has been expected to happen for about two months and Richardson earned it after a really strong finish. Despite injuries to start his 2016-17 campaign, Richardson busted out in his April games with averages of 15.0 points, 3.2 boards, 3.0 assists, 1.5 blocks, 2.3 steals and 2.8 treys. He was a league-winning guy in the fantasy playoffs and is on the radar at a little after 100 in drafts because he'll have to fend of Dion Waiters.
Sep 13 - 6:23 PM

Goran Dragic led Slovenia to a 103-97 win over Latvia on Tuesday, tallying 26 points, eight assists, two 3-pointers, one steal and six turnovers in 32 minutes.

Dragic got cracked with an elbow to the head that sent him to the floor during the closing minutes of the first half of action, but he played through it and didn't look any worse for the wear, so it seems like he avoided a concussion. He also ran Slovenia's offense beautifully and came through with a clutch bucket with the clock winding down to put the game out of reach. The undefeated Slovenian team will now square off with an undefeated Spanish team in the semifinals on Thursday.
Sep 12 - 4:34 PM

Kelly Olynyk's contract with Miami includes a $1 million bonus if he plays more than 1,700 minutes this season.

Olynyk set a career-high by logging 1,538 minutes last season and played fewer than 1,450 minutes in each of his first three seasons. If he were to appear in all 82 games next season, he would have to average 20.8 minutes per contest to log a total of 1,700 minutes.
Sep 12 - 11:02 AM

Dion Waiters will receive a $1.1 million bonus if he appears in 70 or more games during the 2017-18 season.

Waiters played only 46 games last year due to a variety of ailments, but has appeared in an average of 76 games over his three previous seasons. From a fantasy perspective, it's obviously encouraging knowing that a player is highly incentivized to suit up for each contest. Waiters' salary will jump from $11 million to $12.1 million if he reaches the 70-game threshold.
Sep 12 - 10:52 AM

Goran Dragic netted 22 points in an easy 95-78 win over France on Wednesday, to go with eight assists, three boards, two 3-pointers, two steals and two turnovers in 28 minutes.

Through the first five games of the EuroBasket tournament, Dragic leads all scorers at 24.4 points per game and he's done that while shooting at a very impressive 50.7 percent clip. As per usual, the 31-year-old veteran has looked great in international play this summer, and he'll make for a fine early mid-round selection on draft day.
Sep 6 - 12:43 PM

Larry Drew II has signed a training camp deal with the Miami Heat.

He'll be the 18th player on the roster, but he's not expected to make the cut for the final 15. Drew had a strong showing at the Summer League and carried that momentum over to the 2017 FIBA AmeriCup to help Team USA win gold. The 27-year-old PG will be a candidate for a two-way contract and will likely spend most of his time in the G-League.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 5 - 9:10 PM

Goran Dragic went 6-of-10 from the field and 7-of-8 from the charity stripe for 21 points during Tuesday's easy win over Iceland.

Dragic has been crushing the competition at EuroBasket for years, and today was no different, with him also offering up two triples, four boards, three steals and two turnovers in just 27 minutes of action. He was a steady top-55 option over the course of 73 games with the Heat last season, and he shouldn't have any trouble replicating that success during his age-31 season in Miami.
Sep 5 - 3:09 PM

People around the Heat reportedly expect Josh Richardson to compete with Justise Winslow and Rodney McGruder for the starting small forward position next season.

"Wherever coach [Erik Spoelstra] wants to take this positionless game, it can be real small, with him playing five on down to three point guards with Justise at four [or three bigs]," Heat president Pat Riley said this summer, acknowledging Richardson as an option at small forward. "How ever he feels, the whole concept of positionless has to do with the offense. Every player knows all of the positions." Regardless of where he starts, Richardson figures to be a significant part of the rotation in Miami next season, so he looks like a quality late-round target on draft day.
Sep 4 - 4:54 PM


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