Player News - Heat

Date: Team: Pos:

Goran Dragic scored 20 points on 9-of-13 shooting with three rebounds, five assists and one steal in the Heat's loss to the Pelicans on Friday.

Dragic has been a top-70 player so far in Miami and that's likely to rise as he gets comfortable and his role increases.
Feb 28 - 3:33 AM

Michael Beasley scored seven points in his season debut on Friday, and also chipped in with two rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer.

Beasley will do more to generate Internet snark than he will in fantasy leagues this season.
Feb 28 - 3:29 AM

Mario Chalmers scored six points on 2-of-5 shooting (including two threes) with one rebound in 25 minutes off the bench on Friday.

Chalmers took a fatal blow to his fantasy value with the arrival of Goran Dragic and owners in 12-14 team formats can move along.
Feb 28 - 3:27 AM

Luol Deng will play against the Pelicans on Friday.

He'll start next to Udonis Haslem at the forward spots. Deng will log a lot of minutes at power forward and he should be able to score in the teens tonight. We should still see some Super Cool Michael Beasley, too.
Feb 27 - 7:18 PM

Michael Beasley will come off the bench for Friday's game vs. the Pelicans.

Beasley is in an ideal situation to produce, playing for a Miami team that has been devastated by injuries. He knows head coach Erik Spoelstra's system, and he has limited competition for minutes with Udonis Haslem as the only healthy power forward on the roster. However, Beasley has failed to produce in ideal situations before, so owners in standard leagues can use a wait-and-see approach here.
Feb 27 - 1:31 PM

Luol Deng (sore neck) was not required to go through the leagues concussion protocol after taking a blow to the head on Wednesday, and he's expected to play Friday vs. New Orleans.

With Chris Bosh done for the season, Luol Deng is going to be tasked with some more responsibilities on offense. He's been playing well through the month of February with averages of 15.9 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.1 three-pointers on 48.0 percent shooting from the field, so make sure he's in your lineups for Friday's favorable matchup with the Pelicans.
Feb 27 - 1:25 PM

According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com, the Cavs are officially out of the running for Ray Allen.

"Ray Allen is not going to sign with the Cavs," said Windhort. "I don't think he's going to play. If he decides he wants to, it won't be with the Cavs." Wherever Allen decides to play this season, or if he decides to play this season, should be of no concern to owners in standard leagues, as he's not going to be anything more than an end-of-the-bench kind of guy on a contending roster. The Hawks, Wizards, Warriors, and Spurs remain in the conversation for Allen’s services.
Feb 27 - 10:04 AM

Michael Beasley will be active and available to play for Friday's game vs. the Pelicans.

Beasley hasn't been able to produce enough statistically to be considered a viable option in standard leagues for the past three seasons, and while he will have some opportunity playing for a Miami team that has been devastated by injuries, he has a long history of failing to reach his potential. Owners in standard leagues can use a wait-and-see approach here.
Feb 26 - 2:16 PM

The Miami Heat have signed F Michael Beasley to a 10-day contract.

While it's unlikely that Beasley will provide much fantasy value, this is a situation worth monitoring. He should be in shape as he's been playing in China and there are plenty of minutes available in the injury-depleted Heat frontcourt. There's a good chance that Beasley flames out in his third stint with the Heat, but owners in deep leagues may want to take a flier on the former No. 2 overall pick if they have an open roster spot.
Feb 26 - 12:49 PM

Mario Chalmers got 33 minutes off the Heat bench on Wednesday, but hit just 2-of-10 shots and 1-of-8 3-pointers for eight points and one assist.

Yuck. The minutes were nice, but it's going to be very tough for him to do much as long as Dwyane Wade and Goran Dragic are healthy.
Feb 25 - 10:33 PM

Henry Walker came off the bench and played 33 minutes in Wednesday's overtime win, but hit just 3-of-13 shots and 2-of-11 3-pointers for 10 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals.

The minutes were there, but his shot wasn't. If the Heat are going to keep giving him minutes, and it looks like they plan to, he's probably worth a flier in deep leagues. He played 21 minutes and scored 11 in his Heat debut on Monday.
Feb 25 - 10:30 PM

Hassan Whiteside had 15 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks in Wednesday's overtime win.

He was helped out a bit by the extra time, and while he hasn't exploded like a superstar lately, it's hard to complain about anything he's doing. Especially when he was free off the wire for a majority of his owners.
Feb 25 - 10:28 PM

Luol Deng injured his neck on Wednesday, but played through it and had 21 points, seven rebounds, two assists, a steal and a 3-pointer on 8-of-14 shooting.

It looks like he loves playing with Goran Dragic (and without Chris Bosh), so we may get to see the Deng owners thought they were drafting back in October. That is, if his body holds up through the rest of the season.
Feb 25 - 10:26 PM

Luol Deng made 11-of-14 from the field against the 76ers during a 119-108 win on Monday, adding three rebounds, two assists and four 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

He was one point off his season high and he more than doubled his previous February scoring average of 13.3 points per game. Deng hasn't been very productive before today, adding averages of 5.7 boards, 2.4 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.7 treys in his previous seven games this month. He does log more minutes at power forward now, but that's not why he exploded today -- the 76ers were horrible on defense. Deng won't be this good, but he's a strong player to start in standard leagues.
Feb 23 - 10:23 PM

Goran Dragic showed why the Heat traded for him on Monday with 23 points, two rebounds, 10 assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

He only had one assist in his Heat debut on Saturday and was on the other end of the spectrum tonight. Dragic was highly involved in the offense and he should add plenty more double-doubles with his new team. He's one of the best point guards in the paint, which should complement the rest of the starters. He's a must-start player.
Feb 23 - 10:15 PM


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