Player News - Heat

Date: Team: Pos:

Wayne Ellington hit 6-of-11 shots and 5-of-9 3-pointers for 18 points, four rebounds and a steal in Tuesday's win over the Rockets.

He's getting some extra burn with Josh Richardson (foot) sidelined and made the most of it in tonight's 28 minutes. However, he hadn't played more than 20 minutes in his previous four games and scored a grand total of 16 points in those. Maybe this will get him some more consistent playing time going forward, but he's still not a must-own player. Just keep an eye on him if you need 3-pointers.
Jan 17 - 10:27 PM

James Johnson hit 6-of-14 shots and a 3-pointer for 15 points, eight rebounds, six assists and three steals in Tuesday's 109-103 win over the Rockets.

He didn't have a block and committed five turnovers, but he's basically putting up some variation of this line, minus the TOs, every night. He's a must-own player for the time being.
Jan 17 - 10:25 PM
Willie Reed - F/C - Heat

Willie Reed returned from a chest injury on Tuesday and hit 1-of-3 shots for two points and six rebounds in 16 minutes of a win over the Rockets.

He was all the fantasy rage when Hassan Whiteside was out with an eye injury, but Whiteside is back and had 14 points and 15 rebounds tonight, rendering Reed useless. At least for now.
Jan 17 - 10:23 PM

Dion Waiters made another start on Tuesday and hit 7-of-15 shots and a 3-pointer for 17 points, five rebounds, three assists and a steal in a win over the Heat.

Waiters has been in an ugly shooting slump and missed some layups tonight, but looked much better than he has over his previous four games, when he hit just 15-of-53 shots. He's locked and loaded at shooting guard with Josh Richardson out for the next couple weeks, making him a hot pickup in fantasyland.
Jan 17 - 10:19 PM

Goran Dragic hit 8-of-15 shots and a 3-pointer for 21 points, eight rebounds, eight assists, a steal and six turnovers in Tuesday's 109-103 win over the Rockets.

The six turnovers were weird and matched James Harden's output in that category, but the rest of his game was stellar, as usual. As long as Dragic isn't traded, he should continue to rack up gaudy stats for the Heat.
Jan 17 - 10:17 PM

Coach Erik Spoelstra said he comfortable enough to play Okaro White tonight.

The Heat literally just signed White this afternoon. However, being shorthanded due to injuries has really forced Miami's hand. In addition, White spent training camp and much of the preseason with Miami, so he should be familiar with some of Miami basic sets. He can be left on waiver wires for now, but deep-league GM's will want to keep an eye on the situation in case White does, in fact, crack the rotation.
Jan 17 - 6:04 PM

The Heat have signed F Okaro White to a 10-day contract.

"The way everything is shaking out right now, we really needed another guy of his skill set," coach Erik Spoelstra said of the Heat's injury situation. "Another defender, long, can guard multiple positions. Just the way the season has been going, everybody has to be ready." White will get a chance to impress Miami during his 10-day contract, but GMs in most leagues can view this situation with a wait-and-see approach.
Jan 17 - 3:04 PM
Willie Reed - F/C - Heat

Willie Reed (bruised sternum) is available to play Tuesday vs. the Rockets.

Outside of the four games Reed started when Hassan Whiteside was sidelined, Reed is averaging 11.9 minutes as a reserve in the 28 games he has played off the Miami bench this season. Reed's return could cut into James Johnson's minutes, as Miami wouldn't need JJ to backup Whiteside.
Jan 17 - 11:50 AM
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


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