Player News - Heat

Date: Team: Pos:

Dion Waiters has agreed to a one-year deal with the Heat.

It's only worth $2.9 million, so Waiters wasn't anywhere near the $18 million per season he wanted. Waiters should get plenty of minutes with the Heat and could actually start over Josh Richardson. Waiters hasn't shot the ball well in his career, making just 41.1 percent with a downward trend. He'd only be worthy of a late-round pick.
Jul 25 - 3:00 PM
Chris Bosh - F/C - Heat

According to the Miami Herald, it's still being discussed whether or not Chris Bosh should be taken off blood thinners.

If Bosh comes off blood thinners this summer then he should be able to play, but that's not a guarantee. He has previously tried to convince the Heat to let him try a new medication that would be out of his system in 8-12 hours so that he could he lessen the risks of playing a contact sport while on thinners, but the Heat didn't go for it. Bosh may take this issue to the players union, but some in his camp have reportedly grown suspicious of the Heat’s intentions --Miami could take the rest of his contract off the books if he doesn't make a single appearance next season. It doesn't sound like the two sides are close to a resolution at all.
Jul 24 - 1:20 PM

Some within the 76ers organization are concerned that Dion Waiters "possible off-the-court incidents might be too much for the franchise" to handle.

While there is some interest between Waiters and the 76ers, some in Philly management question whether Waiters would be a good fit with the team, and they are concerned that his sometimes blunt way of communicating things would not mesh well with the young roster. Currently, the Lakers seem like one of the more realistic landing spots for Waiters.
Source: philly.com
Jul 21 - 4:41 PM
Willie Reed - F/C - Heat

Willie Reed said that he will spend time this summer honing his skills on the offensive end.

"Obviously my defense is ahead of my offense at this point," said Reed. "So I’ve been working extremely hard to make sure I get better on the offensive end." Reed could be looking at some increased opportunity next season if Chris Bosh (blood clots) is forced into an early retirement, but if Bosh and Hassan Whiteside are healthy, Reed will be an irrelevant name in fantasy hoops.
Jul 21 - 3:17 PM

The Nets reportedly had a face-to-face meeting with Dion Waiters earlier this month in Las Vegas when he was a restricted free agent, but ultimately decided not to tender him an offer.

Early indications from sources of Marc Stein of ESPN are that the Nets have not changed their stance on Waiters despite him now being an unrestricted free agent, so it would be surprising to see him wind up in Brooklyn. Waiters is from Philadelphia, and he has reportedly been in contact with his hometown club, although those talks have reportedly "hit a couple of snags." It'll be interesting to see where the fourth-year guard ends up as a free agent.
Jul 20 - 11:15 AM

Tyler Johnson is eager to prove that he's worth the four-year, $50 million contract he signed this summer with Miami.

"I’m going to be healthy," said Johnson, who spent all but 36 games on the sidelines last season. "I remember how I was playing at the beginning of the season last year. I’m excited to be able to get back to that and show people that not only do I deserve [that big money deal] but in a couple of years they’re going to say they got me for a steal." Johnson is going to be stepping into the largest role of his career next season, so he'll be someone to consider during the later rounds on draft day.
Jul 19 - 4:39 PM

The Thunder have rescinded their qualifying offer to Dion Waiters.

That makes him an unrestricted free agent, which means the Thunder won't be able to match an offer sheet from another team. However, they do still have his Bird rights and they could still re-sign him at some point. Waiters would have some decent value in OKC, but he could wind up with the 76ers or Nets.
Jul 18 - 10:52 PM

Pat Riley said he's expecting Justise Winslow to start at small forward for the Heat next season.

With the departure of Luol Deng and Dwyane Wade, Winslow is due to see a copious amount of minutes next season, making him an intriguing late-round gamble on draft day. Winslow put in averages of 16.3 points, 3.7 boards, 2.3 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.3 triples per game during Orlando summer league, although he also shot 29.8 percent from the field. Winslow's fantasy value is going to be more attractive in points leagues.
Jul 16 - 1:35 PM
Chris Bosh - F/C - Heat

Pat Riley did not provide any updates on Chris Bosh's (blood clots) situation during Saturday's press conference.

"I know Chris wants to play, and we would be open to that," said Riley. "But this is still fluid. There's not an answer." Basically, if Bosh is on a blood thinning medication to prevent blood clots, he's not going to play NBA basketball. For what it's worth, the Heat, Bosh and his doctors are talking "constantly," and Riley said they've even discussed the possibility of Bosh only playing in "some games," but they won't have an official decision on Bosh’ status for the 2016-17 season until August or September.
Jul 16 - 1:23 PM

Hassan Whiteside said he'll spend time this offseason working to improve as a jump shooter and ball handler.

"Being able to dribble a lot more, [and] jumpers. Still post work," Whiteside said. "I want to get the rebound and push it in transition. I’m not trying to say I’m going to be Goran Dragić or anything, but I just feel like a couple dribbles up the court could help speed up our offense." Whiteside rarely drifted outside the paint last year, and while expanding his range could help Miami's offensive attack, it will also likely result in a reduce field goal percentage. He'll still be worth a first-round target on draft day.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 16 - 12:39 PM

Rodney McGruder (bruised left hip) will not play in Thursday's summer league game vs. Phoenix.

Players at summer league tend to sit out if they're not 100 percent, so this isn't surprising at all. McGruder is competing for a roster spot in Miami, and after dropping 23 points with five triples during Monday's summer league game, he's likely at least earned himself a camp invite.
Jul 14 - 6:26 PM

The Heat have reportedly been having ongoing discussions with unrestricted free agent Beno Udrih.

Miami already has 15 players on their roster, so if Udrih does wind up re-upping with Miami for the veteran's minimum, someone would have to go. Briante Weber or Rodney McGruder would be the most likely cut candidates should Udrih sign in Miami.
Jul 13 - 9:21 AM
Chris Bosh - F/C - Heat

Udonis Haslem is expecting Chris Bosh (blood clots) to be ready for the 2016-17 season.

While Haslem may be expecting his teammate to be ready, that doesn't necessarily guarantee Bosh will be healthy enough to play. "I don't really know," Haslem said. "Nobody knows what the situation is gonna be with Chris. I'm preparing that he's gonna be healthy." We'll keep an eye on Bosh's progress throughout the summer, but as things stand, he'll be a risky pick in fantasy drafts after having his last two seasons cut short by blood clots.
Jul 12 - 1:30 PM

Rodney McGruder scored 23 points with three rebounds and five 3-pointers in 32 minutes on Monday.

He's been signed and is a pretty good bet to make the opening-night roster. McGruder plays of the wing as more of a score-first guy, so the Heat might need someone like him. Obviously he's nowhere near the fantasy radar just yet.
Jul 11 - 10:00 PM

Heat re-sign C Hassan Whiteside to a multi-year contract.

His four-year, $98-plus million deal is now official. Whiteside, now the face of the new Miami Heat in the days after Dwyane Wade, will be under the microscope regularly and will have to routinely deal with media scrutiny that he simply hasn't faced prior. Whiteside's story will make for quite the 30-for-30, as this is a guy who had to go everywhere—from Lebanon to the YMCA—to keep his NBA dream alive. Now, he's a $100 million man.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 11 - 12:58 PM


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