Player News - Heat

Date: Team: Pos:

Dwyane Wade said he won't recruit LeBron James to Miami this season.

"No, I don’t have anything to do with it, none of that," Wade said. "One thing I know is he makes his own decisions. So when we get to that point, hopefully he takes a good look at the place he’s at and gives that real consideration, and then goes from there. It’s his decision and I don’t want nothing to do with it at all." As for Wade himself, it sounds like he'll be returning for the 2018-19 season and he made it clear that he won't leave the Heat again. He's a deep-league fantasy asset in his reserve role.
Feb 15 - 9:22 AM

James Johnson tied his season-high with 22 points on Wednesday, hitting 8-of-10 FGs and 4-of-5 FTs with five assists, four rebounds, two 3-pointers, one steal and zero turnovers.

Johnson played just 21 minutes but he was firing on all cylinders, which is great if you stuck with him or (more likely) plucked him off the waiver wire. Kelly Olynyk (left shoulder strain) will likely be ready on the other side of the break, adding another layer of complication to the frontcourt rotation, but Johnson's owners might as well hold him to see how things play out.
Feb 14 - 10:44 PM

Bam Adebayo was held to just three points, two rebounds and one assist in 19 minutes vs. Philly on Wednesday.

The rookie sat out the final 5:46 tonight, with the exception of one defensive stand, and this snaps his nine-game streak with at least five rebounds. Adebayo is still worth holding in most situations, at least until we get a clear return date for Kelly Olynyk (left shoulder strain).
Feb 14 - 10:43 PM

Josh Richardson struggled with fouls during Wednesday's game, finishing with six points, two assists, one rebound, one steal and one block in 23 minutes.

Erik Spoelstra used his bench extensively tonight anyway, and only Goran Dragic and Wayne Ellington earned 30+ minutes. The arrival of Dwyane Wade isn't good for J-Rich, but owners also shouldn't overreact -- he's an across-the-board contributor who was coming off a 37-minute performance on Tuesday. He'll be fine.
Feb 14 - 10:42 PM

Hassan Whiteside had 16 points, 10 rebounds, three blocks and one assist in 29 minutes on Wednesday, but the Heat still blew a huge lead in Philly.

It's worth noting that Whiteside did check in for Bam Adebayo with 5:46 remaining in a tight game, and he played almost the rest of the way. He went 7-of-10 from the field and 2-of-3 from the line to satisfy fantasy owners -- a bigger line would have been nice with Joel Embiid out tonight, but we shouldn't get greedy.
Feb 14 - 10:42 PM

Dwyane Wade had eight points on 4-of-13 shooting, three rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 23 minutes on Wednesday, the second game of a back-to-back set.

Wade said the Heat haven't discussed putting him on a "maintenance" program, which could entail sitting out during back-to-backs and having a strict minute-limit. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra didn't rule it out entirely, though, just saying that such a plan wasn't in place "right now." Even without restrictions, Wade is just a fringe option in most 12-team leagues.
Feb 14 - 10:41 PM

Wayne Ellington played 31 minutes and hit 5-of-11 shots (5-of-11 3-pointers) for 15 points, seven rebounds and one assist in Monday's loss to the Raptors.

Starter Tyler Johnson took the minutes hit tonight, playing just 22 of them, while Dywane Wade played 21 minutes and Ellington tied Goran Dragic's 31 minutes. Ellington isn't in a great spot with Wade and Johnson both healthy and ready to go in Miami, but so far, Ellington looks like he could end up playing enough minutes to matter in fantasy. It really depends on what Wade does after the break.
Feb 13 - 9:56 PM

Dwyane Wade had 10 points, 11 rebounds and six assists in 21 minutes off the bench against the Raptors on Tuesday.

This was only Wade's third double-double of the season and first since before Thanksgiving. He's going to see a boost in usage playing for the Heat, but we still worry about his ability to remain healthy and avoid nights off. If he was dropped in your league and you want to add him, that's fine, but there are probably better (and younger) players available on your wire).
Feb 13 - 9:50 PM

Tyler Johnson hit 3-of-8 shots for seven points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal in 22 minutes of Tuesday's loss to the Raptors.

Johnson went off for 19 points and a fat stat line on Friday, but Dwyane Wade is back in Miami, spelling bad news for Johnson. Wade played 21 minutes for 10 points, 11 rebounds and six assists tonight, and while Johnson will still have some nice lines, he's going to be very inconsistent while trying to compete for minutes with Wade and Wayne Ellington (15 points, seven boards, five 3-pointers).
Feb 13 - 9:46 PM

Goran Dragic hit just 1-of-11 shots on Friday for six points and three assists while dealing with a hand injury, but bounced back on Tuesday with 28 points, two rebounds, four assists, a steal and three 3-pointers on 10-of-19 shooting in 31 minutes.

Dragic is going to the All-Star Game this weekend and tonight's line is a good example of why. He's also hot right now (for the most part), scoring between 33 and 28 points in three of his last five games.
Feb 13 - 9:42 PM

Hassan Whiteside played just 23 minutes and hit 5-of-9 shots for 10 points, 10 rebounds, two steals and a block in 23 minutes of Tuesday's 115-112 loss to the Raptors.

Whiteside didn't play in the fourth quarter again and this is becoming a broken record. Bam Adebayo has been getting those minutes, while Kelly Olynyk also gets some of them when he's healthy enough to play. Despite the Heat limiting his minutes, Whiteside is still averaging 14.3 points, 14.3 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 0.5 blocks over his last four games, double-doubling in each of them. Whiteside is too good a player to be permanently sent to the doghouse, but we do worry about him staying motivated if frustrations over playing time continue to build.
Feb 13 - 9:37 PM

Josh Richardson played 37 minutes but hit just 3-of-9 shots and two 3-pointers for 10 points, three rebounds, five assists, a steal and a block in Tuesday's loss to the Raptors.

J-Rich came through with the fantasy gold with the steal, blocks and threes, but the 10 points were his lowest total since Jan. 25. The key is that Richardson's minutes haven't changed at all with the arrival of Dwyane Wade and he should be locked and loaded for a big finish to the season. And really, outside of his shooting and low scoring, there's a ton to love about his line tonight.
Feb 13 - 9:32 PM

Rodney McGruder (leg) is traveling with the team, but will not play Tuesday vs. Toronto or Wednesday vs. Philadelphia.

McGruder underwent surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left tibia back in mid-October. He has been making steady progress in his rehab and has a chance to return after the All-Star break. Although McGruder saw plenty of playing time for Miami last season, he will have a tough time carving out consistent minutes even when fully healthy this year. He should be left on waivers.
Feb 13 - 12:48 PM

Hassan Whiteside said he is frustrated by his reduction in playing time this season.

Whiteside averaged 32.6 minutes per game in 2016-17, but has seen that number drop down to 25.7 this season. "I’m not going to lie. It’s frustrating. It’s nothing I can really do about it. Just keep a positive attitude. Coach is going to try to do what’s best for the team. He just wants to win. If I am playing 10 less minutes than I played last year, there isn’t much I can do about it." Whiteside stated that playing alongside Bam Adebayo is a potential solution that appeals to him.
Feb 13 - 10:14 AM

Rodney McGruder (leg) went through his first full-scale practice on Monday.

He had surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left tibia during the preseason and has been rehabbing ever since. McGruder was a big part of Miami's rotation in 2017-18, playing 25.2 minutes per game with 6.4 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.9 triples. He had a lot more value in real life than in fantasy for his defense and energy, and it's unclear how many minutes he can carve out in Miami's crowded wing rotation this time around.
Feb 12 - 12:39 PM


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