Player News - Heat

Date: Team: Pos:

James Ennis said that his primary focus during the offseason will be "getting stronger" and working on his "ball-handling."

Ennis showed some flashes during his rookie season with the Heat, and he ended the regular-season on a high note by putting up his first-career triple-double. If Luol Deng opts out of his contract and leaves Miami during the offseason, Ennis could potentially be looking at a starting role with the Heat. However, there are far too many ifs right now to accurately project Ennis' value, and with season averages of just 5.0 points and 2.8 rebounds per game, he has a long ways to go before entering the standard league equation.
Apr 17 - 3:38 PM
Chris Bosh - F/C - Heat

Chris Bosh (blood clots) said that he will begin going through shooting drills in June or July, which puts him ahead of schedule in his recovery.

Bosh has begun lifting and running after spending the second half of the season on the sidelines due to blood clots in his lungs, though he still remains on blood thinners. He acknowledged that he’s in the very early stages of the recovery process, but all signs are pointing towards him making a full recovery and being ready for training camp next season. Bosh finished the 2014-15 season with averages of 21.1 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and a career-high 1.4 three-pointers per game on 46.0 percent shooting from the field. He'll be a mid-round target in next year's draft with early-round upside.
Apr 17 - 12:32 PM

Dwyane Wade confirmed during his exit interview that he will not be opting out of his contract this offseason.

Wade will be on the books for $16 million next season, which will give Miami some wiggle room in retaining Goran Dragic's services. Wade managed to suit up for 62 games this year while putting in averages of 21.5 points, 4.8 assists, 1.2 steals, and 3.4 turnovers per game while shooting 47.0 percent from the field and 76.8 percent from the charity stripe. His various knee issues will create headaches for owners, and we'd recommend letting someone else deal with him on draft day, despite his upside.
Apr 17 - 12:26 PM

Goran Dragic said during his exit interview that the extra year Miami can offer him during free agency is important.

Goran Dragic will opt out of his contract, and while he has said that he will explore all options during the free agency process, he's made it very clear that he would love to re-sign with the Heat. He's a great fit next to Dwyane Wade, and given that Miami can offer Dragic a five-year deal (one-year more than any other team can offer) it would appear the odds are in their favor to land The Dragon. He should be off the board no later than the third round in standard fantasy leagues next season.
Apr 17 - 11:48 AM

Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra said that he would like to play at a faster pace next season.

"There's no question I want to play faster next season," said Spoelstra. "Pace, speed, quickness... let's go. Players will see that right away in training camp. We have players best fit to play that style." Spoelstra's teams in general have played at a slow pace over the past three seasons, but it sounds like he'd like his team to get out and run next year. Spoelstra also mentioned that he and his staff will put forth "a very specific program" for developing Hassan Whiteside, and he believes Hassan has more room to grow saying, "I don't want to put a ceiling on him."
Apr 17 - 10:42 AM

Goran Dragic will exercise the free agency clause in his contract, but said he'd prefer to stay with the Heat.

Dragic's decision to exercise his free agency clause will allow him to test the open market, but the 28-year-old is hoping to negotiate a long-term deal with the Heat. "Of course," Dragic said when asked if he's like to stay in Miami. "If you’re gonna find the same language, then it’s easy for everybody. It’s hard to talk about that right now. We’ll see. I need to sit down with my family and explore the options and see what option is the best, but the last two months that I was here was beautiful for me." Regardless of where he ends up, Dragic has the potential to deliver top-25 fantasy output when healthy and will likely be selected around the third round of drafts.
Apr 16 - 1:13 PM

Michael Beasley scored a season-high 34 points during a 105-101 win against the 76ers on Wednesday, adding 11 boards, eight assists, two steals and two blocks in 48 minutes.

The Heat played four guys the entire game tonight. Amazingly, that feat has been accomplished before in 2010 when the Warriors played Monta Ellis, Stephen Curry, Anthony Tolliver and Reggie Williams 48 minutes in regulation. So Michael Beasley and Stephen Curry do have something in common after all.
Apr 15 - 11:30 PM

Henry Walker scored 21 points against the 76ers on Wednesday with four rebounds, two assists, one steal and six 3-pointers in 48 minutes.

His 21 points were a season high and he hit a very clutch 3-pointer to help Miami get the win. Luckily for them, the Nets were able to get the win tonight, so he didn't have the most costly make for a team in NBA lottery history. To elaborate, if the Nets had lost and Miami lost a coin toss for the 10th position in the lottery, their chances of keeping their top-10 protected pick would have gone way down. Walker won't be worth drafting in any league next year.
Apr 15 - 11:21 PM

James Ennis had the first double-double of his career against the 76ers on Wednesday with 17 points, 12 boards, six assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 48 minutes.

He actually played seven minutes at shooting guard, which is very rare for him. Ennis was a very exciting player over the summer, but he was a mild disappointment this season partially due to the fact that the Heat really didn't play him at SG even while they were shorthanded. Apparently having six players was enough for the team to change its mind.
Apr 15 - 11:15 PM

Zoran Dragic played 41 minutes against the 76ers on Wednesday, scoring a career-high 22 points with three rebounds, two assists, two steals and three 3-pointers.

He scored a grand total of six points in the NBA before tonight, but the Heat allowed him to get some big minutes because they "rested" their guys. Dragic was pretty good in international competition, but he's a long way from fantasy value.
Apr 15 - 11:12 PM

Udonis Haslem played all seven of his minutes on Wednesday during the first half, finishing with two rebounds.

He was the only player on the bench to get minutes. In fact, he didn't take a shot or turn the ball over or shoot at all. That means the Miami bench combined for zero points on a 0.0 usage rate. Those are both record lows. At least Haslem was part of history.
Apr 15 - 11:07 PM

The Heat will start their 31st different lineup of the season on Wednesday with Tyler Johnson, Zoran Dragic, James Ennis, Henry Walker and Michael Beasley.

This is a super-small lineup which the Heat are playing out of necessity, as nearly all of their veterans are taking the night off with the playoffs out of reach. It's hard to trust any of Miami's second-stringers tonight, though they're all likely to earn big minutes by default. The 31 different starting lineups set a new franchise record, due largely to the barrage of injuries Miami faced this season.
Apr 15 - 7:50 PM

Hassan Whiteside (hand) is not likely to play against the 76ers on Wednesday.

He’s been playing with a hand injury and the Heat will just keep him out tonight to help their chances to lose this game. Udonis Haslem benefits most, but he’s not someone most fantasy owners should trust with 14 games tonight.
Apr 15 - 7:46 PM

Luol Deng (rest, knee) is not likely to play against the 76ers on Wednesday.

There was some talk of Deng missing the rest of the season earlier this month, but the Heat gave him a chance to play in order to make a desperate attempt at the postseason. The Heat were knocked out last night, so now they’re in for a one-day tank. Deng’s season ends with averages of 14.0 points, 5.2 boards, 1.9 assists and 0.9 steals. It’ll be Tyler Johnson, Michael Beasley and James Ennis getting most of the minutes on the wing.
Apr 15 - 7:46 PM

Dwyane Wade (knee, rest) is not likely to play against the 76ers on Wednesday night.

The Heat really need to lose this game to help their chances of keeping a top-10 protected pick from possibly going to the 76ers. If the Heat win and the Nets lose today, the two teams will be tied for the 10th-worst record and be subject to a coin flip for 10th position. In other words, Wade sitting out doesn’t have much to do with actual basketball. Mario Chalmers and Tyler Johnson also benefit, assuming Chalmers plays.
Apr 15 - 7:46 PM


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