Player News - Heat

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Justise Winslow made 5-of-15 from the field and 7-of-10 from the line for 17 points against the Pistons on Monday, adding four rebounds, one assist and one turnover.

He was driving to the basket a ton and had eight free throw attempts in the first half. It's clear as day that Winslow really likes to go left, so he's really going to have to work on that if he wants to take the next step. He's also made just one 3-pointer in his three games, so it would appear getting so many assisted treys at Duke was indeed an indicator. His fantasy upside isn't too high off the bat this year as long as the Heat stay healthy.
Jul 6 - 6:59 PM

Henry Walker (ankle) will not play against the Pistons on Monday.

There was no clear info on when Walker hurt his ankle, but it doesn't sound serious and he could play on Wednesday. He will need to play extremely well in training camp to get minutes.
Jul 6 - 5:05 PM

Shabazz Napier (hernia) will not play on Monday.

He was planning to play in summer league, but there has been no indication he'll be ready to roll. Napier may have a tough time sticking on the roster with Tyler Johnson playing more point guard.
Jul 6 - 5:03 PM

Tyler Johnson converted a lob at the buzzer to win Sunday's game for the Heat, finishing with 12 points, one 3-pointer, four rebounds and four assists in 25 minutes.

The second-year guard flashed his athleticism on the final play, which lifted Miami to 2-0 in the Orlando Summer League. No matter how much progress Johnson makes this summer he's not going to have fantasy value now that Goran Dragic and Dwyane Wade have re-signed with Miami.
Jul 5 - 7:34 PM

Heat rookie Justise Winslow posted 14 points, five boards, four assists, two steals and five turnovers in a team-high 31 minutes of action on Sunday.

Winslow shot 3-of-10 from the field but he was 8-of-12 at the charity stripe, playing with aggression throughout most of the game. He also threw a game-winning lob pass to Tyler Johnson, and Miami has to feel good about Winslow's play through two Summer League contests.
Jul 5 - 7:32 PM

Henry Walker (ankle) will miss Sunday's game as a precaution.

Heat assistant Dan Craig said that Walker is day-to-day and the injury shouldn't have any lingering effects once he gets back on the court. With Luol Deng opting to stay in Miami next season there's no reason to monitor Walker this offseason.
Jul 5 - 4:55 PM

Shabazz Napier (hernia surgery) will miss his second straight Summer League game on Sunday.

Napier said in mid-June that he was "85 percent" recovered from his surgery and hoped to play during Summer League. He may have recently tweaked a knee and so far he and the Heat are playing it safe. He would need a truly inspired training camp to be more than a blip on the fantasy radar.
Jul 5 - 4:53 PM

Henry Walker wasn't available to play for the Heat on Saturday due to an ankle issue.

The Heat are generally pretty cautious with their players, so they obviously aren't going to risk anything in summer league. It isn't clear how serious the ankle issue is, but we will update Walker's status when we know more. To be clear, Walker doesn't project to be in the rotation on opening night.
Jul 4 - 11:41 AM

Josh Richardson was aggressive in his first game at the Orlando Summer league, notching 14 points on 2-of-6 shooting with three boards, two steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 22 minutes.

He attacked the rim relentlessly and hit all nine of his free throws, so the Heat have to be thrilled with their second round pick. Richardson is a gifted athlete and could develop into an elite defeneder, but his jump shot is going to need some work. If Dwyane Wade is forced to miss any time next season, Richardson could compete for some minutes off the bench with the likes of Tyler Johnson and Shabazz Napier.
Jul 4 - 11:18 AM

James Ennis played well vs. the Pacers on Saturday, scoring 13 points with seven boards, five assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in just 22 minutes of action.

Ennis was expected to play a larger role with the Heat during the 2014-15 season, but he ended up averaging just 17.0 minutes per game in 62 appearances. Ennis did look more confident today and his ball-handling and passking skills look they have improved, so he is definitely worth keeping an eye on this summer. He will be battling Justise Winslow for minutes off the Miami bench next season, so his fantasy outlook isn't great right now.
Jul 4 - 11:12 AM

Justise Winslow scored 15 points in his Orlando Summer League debut win vs. the Pacers on Saturday, adding three assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes.

Winslow shot 4-of-8 from the field (1-of-3 from deep) and 6-of-8 from the charity stripe, but it should be noted that he wasn't able to secure any rebounds. It was still a solid game for the Duke product, and his versatility was on full display as he spent some time playing power forward when the Heat opted to go small. His defense was obviously stellar as well, but his upside in fantasy leagues will be capped due to the fact that Luol Deng recently opted into his contract for the 2015-16 season. Still, Winslow should be able carve out a nice role off the bench due to the fact that he can play multiple positions.
Jul 4 - 11:02 AM

Hassan Whiteside said he's going to work on his midrange jumper and use it more next season.

While he is not a great shooter, Whiteside made a very respectable 41.3 percent on his mid-range shots last season. Obviously that is not going to be a staple to his offensive arsenal and those shots only accounted for 11.9 percent of his shot total, but any improvement will force defenses to be more honest against him.
Jul 3 - 1:34 PM

Tyler Johnson has been focusing on point guard at summer league.

This is interesting because the Heat are likely looking to deal either Mario Chalmers or Shabazz Napier. Plus, Napier fell behind Johnson down the stretch last year and the UCONN product had some major offensive flaws. We'll watch this situation over the next month.
Jul 3 - 1:24 PM

Justise Winslow said on Friday he will work almost exclusively at shooting guard and small forward during summer league.

He has size at 6'7, so that will really help him on the defensive side of the ball. Winslow played some three and four with Duke, but coach Erik Spoelstra has shifted more to a position-less approach with his guys. Winslow getting minutes at shooting guard bodes well for his fantasy value because it'll just be another avenue for minutes.
Jul 3 - 1:17 PM

Heat sign F Justise Winslow.

Considered as the steal of the draft, Winslow also fills a major need at small forward. The Heat were huge fans of Luol Deng at the stretch four last year and now they'll be able to continue doing that. Winslow was terrific from 3-point range at Duke, but he was assisted on 93.5 percent of those makes. We'll see how it works out in the NBA, but don't expect him to be a 40 percent guy from deep. He's only a late-round lottery ticket in standard leagues and probably wouldn't get on the radar until Deng misses time.
Jul 3 - 11:29 AM

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