Player News - Heat

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Justin Hamilton, who has been out for the Heat with a heart issue, is expected to play on Friday.

He's not going to have a big role with the Heat, but he's been out for the preseason with the ailment.
Oct 22 - 2:37 AM

Josh McRoberts is not likely to play in the Heat's preseason finale on Friday as he recovers from toe surgery.

While McBob is out, Shawne Williams is starting at PF for the Heat, but you have to think that will end once McRoberts is healthy and gets a few practices in.
Oct 22 - 2:34 AM

James Ennis got a DNP on Tuesday and it appears that he's officially out of the Heat's rotation, for now.

He got off to a crazy hot start this preseason, but now looks like he'll be planted on the bench early in the season. If you already drafted and can drop him for a guy like Chris Copeland (Pacers), do it.
Oct 21 - 11:37 PM

Shabazz Napier came off the bench and missed all seven of his shots for zero points, three rebounds, two assists and a steal in 21 minutes on Tuesday.

It looks like, at least for now, he's going to play back up point guard, as Mario Chalmers is being used mostly at shooting guard. Napier had 25 points last Saturday and looked great, but the opposite was true tonight. He's going to be a hit-or-miss player early in the season, and there's still a chance Chalmers takes over as the back up point guard at some point, if Napier doesn't come through.
Oct 21 - 11:34 PM

Mario Chalmers played shooting guard off the Heat bench again on Tuesday and had 13 points, three rebounds, three assists, four steals, a block and two 3-pointers on 3-of-7 shooting.

Maybe the move will be good for him, and we've officially put him at reserve shooting guard. We doubt his days at point guard are over, though, as rookie Shabazz Napier is going to go through some growing pains. But the PG you want to own in Miami is now Norris Cole, and not Rio.
Oct 21 - 11:32 PM

Dwyane Wade hit 11-of-17 shots and a 3-pointer for 26 points, two rebounds, six assists and a block on Tuesday.

He's back. How long his body will allow him to be back is anyone's guess, but he's the best player on the Heat by a mile, and is going to return first-round value as long as he's healthy enough to play.
Oct 21 - 11:29 PM

Norris Cole started again at point guard on Tuesday, while Mario Chalmers came off the bench at shooting guard.

It looks like Cole has won the PG job in Miami, and while he had just seven points, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer on 3-of-4 shooting tonight, he played just 14 minutes. He's a nice, cheap option at point guard in the later rounds of your draft. Especially if Chalmers is playing shooting guard, and Shabazz Napier is struggling (0-for-7 tonight).
Oct 21 - 11:27 PM

Shawne Williams looks like the starting power forward for the Heat, at least until Josh McRoberts is ready to go.

Williams hasn't blown anyone's doors off this preseason and had seven points, six rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and a 3-pointer on Tuesday. He did score 19 last Friday, but has scored eight or fewer points in five of his last six preseason games. But if you're in a deep league and need a starter late, it looks like Williams will be there until McBob is back from his toe surgery.
Oct 21 - 11:25 PM

Luol Deng hit just 2-of-7 shots for four points, six rebounds, two assists and a steal on Tuesday.

Deng's move to Miami isn't going all that smoothly thus far. He has an 18- and 19-point game, but has scored a total of just 18 points in his other four games this preseason. He'll eventually get it figured out and become a big contributor for the Heat, but it's been a slow roll up to this point.
Oct 21 - 11:22 PM

Shawne Williams is starting at PF and Norris Cole is starting at SG for the Heat on Tuesday.

It's thought that this is a dress rehearsal for opening night, and if so, Williams and Cole will be joined by Dwyane Wade, Luol Deng and Chris Bosh as starters. Cole has started every game since the preseason opener (over Mario Chalmers) and Williams has been starting over injured Josh McRoberts. Both potential starters have some fantasy intrigue for now.
Oct 21 - 7:14 PM

Norris Cole is expected to start on Tuesday despite dealing with tightness in his back.

Cole may start at PG for Miami on opening night, but he faces competition for minutes from both Mario Chalmers and rookie Shabazz Napier. Given the uncertainty surrounding his role and playing time, fantasy owners are better off leaving him undrafted in typical leagues.
Oct 21 - 6:34 PM

Josh McRoberts will sit out again on Tuesday as he recovers from toe surgery.

The Heat have suggested that McRoberts' recovery will extend into the regular season, leaving a major gap at PF. Shawne Williams may start on opening night if McRoberts isn't ready to go, supported by Udonis Haslem, and both Luol Deng and Danny Granger have spent time as backup PFs during the preseason.
Oct 21 - 6:28 PM

Mario Chalmers needed three stitches above his left eye after being hit in the face on Saturday.

He returned to action and is fine. Chalmers is a huge wild card for the Heat this season. He'll either start at point guard of he could be used as a sixth man at both guard spots a la Jamal Crawford. Regardless, the output in steals and treys make him a nice target late in drafts.
Oct 20 - 12:48 PM

Norris Cole could be in jeopardy of losing regular minutes with they way rookie Shabazz Napier has played this month.

This may seem obvious, but a lot has to do with how the Heat use Mario Chalmers. He's been playing a lot of minutes at shooting guard because the Heat have some depth issues there. Meanwhile, Napier has been one of the best rookies in the preseason. If Chalmers does start at point guard, the minutes for Cole are going to be very tough to come by.
Oct 20 - 9:49 AM

Dwyane Wade admitted during a recent interview that he is still adjusting to Miami's new offense.

"I'm still finding my way with this team and this offense," Wade said. "Right now, with our offense, most of the guys are on the perimeter, so if I just attack, then I'm not just going to be able to do that all game. I'm not 20 years old, where I'm going to throw my body in there all the time." No, he certainly is not 20-years-old anymore, and coming off of a season in which he only suited up for 54 games, Wade makes for a very risky selection come draft day.
Oct 19 - 11:50 AM


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