Player News - Heat

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In a column he authored for The Players Tribune, Dion Waiters expressed his desire to re-sign with the Heat.

"I love Miami. I had a hell of a season here... Hopefully, we found a home down here," writes Waiters. There were a number of interesting tidbits in this piece (which is linked to below), including how Waiters thought he was headed back to OKC before Kevin Durant left and how Pat Riley and the Heat helped him get in the best shape of his life. Waiters, who made only $2.9 million last season, will receive a major raise this summer, either in Miami or elsewhere.
Apr 25 - 1:47 PM

Pat Riley has lofty expectations for Hassan Whiteside's future.

"Erik [Spoelstra] and I, we discuss a lot of things about Hassan and how he can better help us," Riley said. "Can he be a 17 [points], 14 [rebounds] and 4 [blocks] guy and shoot 61 percent and 70 percent from the line, which is what I think he is right about now? Or can he be a 25 [points] and 17 [rebounds] and six [blocks] player? I think he can be that, but you have to carve out something more for him offensively." In case it's not obvious, Riley thinks very highly of his franchise center and Spoelstra added that the Heat don't want to put a ceiling on the 27-year-old center's potential.
Apr 24 - 12:19 PM

Dion Waiters has already started his offseason conditioning program.

The impending free agent is in the best shape of his life and has been posting before-and-after photos of what he looks like now compared to when he arrived in Miami. "Most important is getting your mind and body right," Waiters said of what he has learned from the Heat. "That's one thing they preach over here, just get in the best shape of your life." Waiters is coming off a career year with averages of 15.8 points, 4.3 assists, 3.3 rebounds, 0.9 steals and 1.8 triples on 42.4 percent shooting, and the Heat will make it a priority to re-sign both Waiters and James Johnson this summer in an effort to keep their core together.
Apr 24 - 9:27 AM

Pat Riley stated that Justise Winslow "ain't goin' anywhere" during Wednesday's presser.

Riley took a few minutes to discuss Winslow, saying it's not fair to evaluate him based on just 96 career games, that the Heat will remain patient with his development and that he views Winslow as a "glue guy." He also said he's not concerned with Winslow's lack of a 3-point shot due to the other things he can bring to the team, and while there have been rumors that Winslow could be dangled as a potential trade chip this offseason, Riley's comments make that scenario seem unlikely.
Apr 19 - 12:49 PM
Chris Bosh - F/C - Heat

Pat Riley declined to comment on Chris Bosh during Wednesday's press conference, simply saying, "There's no resolution to it right now."

The Heat should waive Bosh at some point in order to get his contract worth $52.1 million off the books, and there's a chance he might not play in the NBA again after having two consecutive seasons come to an end due to blood clotting issues.
Apr 19 - 12:29 PM

Pat Riley said that the new CBA will make it tough to sign free agent superstars away from teams, so he's more focused on keeping his team together this offseason.

Dion Waiters and James Johnson are bound for free agency, but both those guys hinted during their exit interviews that they'd be interested in re-upping with Miami this offseason, which would be a good thing for their fantasy value considering they both just had career years with the Heat. Riley also mentioned that he feels a trade might prove to be more efficient at bringing in some elite talent rather than free agency.
Apr 19 - 12:20 PM

Miami coach Erik Spoelstra was effusive in his praise of Hassan Whiteside during exit interviews.

"I think [Whiteside's] growth has been staggering," said Spoelstra. "You can define it how you want. He can become one of the greats." Whiteside finished the 2016-17 season averaging a career-high 17.0 points and a league-leading 14.1 rebounds, as well as 2.1 blocks. He joined Dwight Howard and Hakeem Olajuwon as just the third player since 1983 to average at least 17 points, 14 boards and two blocks in the same season.
Apr 18 - 11:57 AM

Wayne Ellington said that he hopes to return to Miami to play for the Heat next season.

The Heat have a $6.3 million team option to bring Ellington back for the 2017-18 season. During his exit interview, Ellington made it clear that he hopes to return. "This is the place I want to be. This is the place that feels like home for me and feels really good to me." Ellington averaged a career-high 10.5 points and 2.4 3-pointers this season, while shooting 41.6 percent from the floor and 37.8 percent from downtown.
Apr 18 - 9:47 AM

Goran Dragic said he will try his best to convince James Johnson and Dion Waiters to re-sign with Miami.

When asked if he will attempt to convince Waiters and Johnson to re-up with the Heat, Dragic responded: "Definitely. James and Dion, they know how we feel. They know that we want them back. Everybody is so close that it’s going to be hard for them to choose some other team, too. Hopefully they stay." The Heat went 30-11 over the final 41 games of the season. Only the Warriors posted a better record over the stretch. However, the Heat will have to pony up to retain both Waiters and Johnson.
Apr 18 - 9:40 AM

Dion Waiters will not require surgery to repair his sprained left ankle.

"It’s getting better. It’s still a little swollen. A little pain in there, keep icing it," said Waiters. "I ain't getting no surgery. I don't want nobody cutting me and all that. I hate needles anyway." Head coach Erik Spoesltra said that Waiters would have been ready to go had the Heat advanced to the playoffs, so he should be just fine when training camp rolls around next season. Waiters did have a career-year in Miami, but he didn't really start making noise until Justise Winslow (foot) went down for the year.
Apr 17 - 5:10 PM
Willie Reed - F/C - Heat

Willie Reed was noncommittal when asked about his $1.5 million player option for the 2017-18 season.

To be clear, he's fully expected to opt out and test the open market. Reed had a productive season as Hassan Whiteside's primary backup, averaging 5.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 0.7 blocks in 14.5 minutes per game. For him to help most fantasy owners, he will likely have to leave Miami.
Apr 17 - 1:46 PM

James Johnson hinted that he's willing to re-sign with the Heat for a discount this summer.

"I think the loyalty to this organization will outweigh a lot of other things, including money," he said. Johnson is going to command a ton of interest on the open market, but the Heat have made it very clear that their intention is to re-sign both Johnson and Dion Waiters this summer. JJ was arguably the waiver wire pickup of the year for fantasy owners, compiling averages of 12.8 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.1 blocks, 1.0 steals and 1.1 triples on 47.9 percent shooting.
Apr 17 - 1:41 PM

Justise Winslow is "way ahead of schedule" from his shoulder surgery according to Heat coach Erik Spoelstra.

This isn't the first time we've heard this, so all signs point to Winslow being a full go for Miami's training camp. Winslow played a ton of minutes for the Heat and averaged 10.9 points, 5.2 boards, 3.7 assists, 1.4 steals and 0.4 treys, but he shot just 35.6 percent from the field and 20.0 percent from beyond the arc. He still has a long way to go as a fantasy asset.
Apr 17 - 11:55 AM

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Dion Waiters (ankle) would've been ready to play if the Heat advanced to the postseason.

Waiters missed the final 13 games of the season, but it sounds like his ankle should be 100 percent as he enters free agency -- he's going to decline his player option for next season. The Heat have been dropping hints that they plan to re-sign both Waiters and James Johnson, and that's likely a good thing for his fantasy value as he had a career year in Miami with averages of 15.8 points, 4.3 assists, 3.3 rebounds, 0.9 steals and 1.8 triples on 42.4 percent shooting.
Apr 17 - 11:49 AM
Chris Bosh - F/C - Heat

Chris Bosh said that he won't rule out a return to the NBA.

"At heart, I’m still an athlete and that is not how I want it to end," Bosh said of his playing career. "I do [miss playing]. But a part of me doesn’t. I’ve come to enjoy different aspects of life. There’s a lot of life out there." Bosh hasn't played since February of 2016, and even though he's owed $52.1 million over the next two seasons, if he plays again it likely won't be in a Heat uniform.
Apr 17 - 10:18 AM


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