Player News - Heat

Date: Team: Pos:

Udonis Haslem has signed a one-year, minimum deal to return to the Heat.

This has been expected for two weeks and Thursday morning owner Micky Arison tweeted out "UD" with a party hat emoji, so the captain is back. He's basically just going to be an extension of the coaching staff in what will be his 15th season.
Jul 20 - 2:40 PM

Pat Riley said he's been in contact with Luke Babbitt's agent.

"We’ve made contact with Luke’s agent," Riley said. "That’s a thought process we’re going to go through. We really like Luke and he can shoot the ball, so, it’s still open there." Despite starting 55 games for Miami last season, Babbitt was only able to muster up averages of 4.8 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.3 triples per contest on 40.2 percent shooting. Maybe he'll be able to snag a deal for the veteran's minimum, but he'll be a non-factor in fantasy hoops, regardless of his jersey.
Jul 19 - 12:09 PM

Wayne Ellington said it meant "a heckuva lot" to him that the Heat picked up his $6.3 million player option for the 2017-18 season.

"At the end of the season, Pat told me ‘I want to get better, but I want to get better with you,’" said Ellington. "It made me feel like he was going to do what he had to do to get our team better – which I feel like he did – but at the same time I was able to stay on board. I’m ecstatic about that." Ellington was able to get on the floor more than usual last year with due to a plethora of injuries in Miami's backcourt, but he might not be quite as involved next season if the guys like Josh Richardson, Tyler Johnson and Dion Waiters are able to stay healthy.
Jul 19 - 11:24 AM

Pat Riley said that he wants Dion Waiters to be more efficient next season.

"He needs to get his free-throw percentage up," Riley said. "I can't believe he's not an 80 percent free-throw shooter. He shot [64.6 percent] on the year." Riley added that he wants Waiters to keep improving his conditioning and that his goal should be to make it through at least 70 games after struggling with injuries last season. Riley spent most of his press conference raving about Dion, so it's clear he's expecting big things after re-signing the SG to a 4-year, $52 million deal. "He's an end-of-the-game, end-of-the-shot-clock player," Riley said. "A lot of times you can't find those kinds of guys." His upside in fantasy isn't great, but improving his shooting percentages would be huge.
Jul 16 - 9:33 AM

Bam Adebayo (rest) will not play against the Clippers on Thursday.

Due to playing in Orlando before Vegas, Miami has likely seen all they needed out of Bam. He's been very impressive this month, showing plenty of agility to go with some basketball skills. The No. 14 pick in the draft should be in the rotation and could get minutes at two positions.
Jul 13 - 6:39 PM

Pat Riley said that Justise Winslow (shoulder) will need to earn his place as a starter on the roster during training camp.

"It’s up to him," said Riley when asked if Winslow will open the 2017-18 season as Miami's starting small forward. "He was short-circuited by the wrist and the shoulder. Justise is going to compete like crazy to start. The great thing about [Erik Spoelstra], is when we come into training camp, it’s open." Winslow will have competition from Dion Waiters for the starting small forward position in Miami, but the main thing for him will be trying to stay healthy after only making it through 33 games last year.
Jul 10 - 5:42 PM

Pat Riley said that James Johnson "could possibly start at the power forward spot" for Miami next season.

Johnson only started five games for the Heat last season, but he was a key cog in the rotation throughout the year and played particularly well after the break, pumping out averages of 13.8 points, 5.0 boards, 4.3 dimes, 1.1 triples, 1.2 steals, 1.2 blocks and 2.3 turnovers per game which was good enough for sixth-round value in standard 9-cat leagues. He should be targeted towards the late-middle rounds on draft day.
Jul 10 - 4:25 PM

Pat Riley believes that Kelly Olynyk and Bam Adebayo can play together in the second unit.

"[Olynyk] is a perfect fit for Hassan [Whiteside]. He and Bam [Adebayo] can play [together]. Kelly is a great outlet passer," said Riley. "I think he’s an excellent defender. He will get in better shape with us. His game will emerge. I look at him as part of the 25 to 30-year-old group of young guys." Olynyk's ability to hit the 3-point shot fills a glaring need for the Heat, so he should be able to flirt with around 20 minutes off the bench in Miami. He's more of a deep league guy, though.
Jul 10 - 4:19 PM

Bam Adebayo looked great again during a win over the Spurs on Saturday, scoring 18 points with 10 rebounds, two steals and one turnover in 29 minutes.

He was one of the best big men in Orlando and he's already among the best in Vegas. Adebayo had two different coast-to-coast buckets and he's really done well at guarding different positions, so his agility may be the biggest takeaway so far this month. With Willie Reed likely headed out of Miami, Bam could be in the mix as a rotation guy, especially if he can play some four.
Jul 8 - 10:32 PM

The Heat have retained Wayne Ellington by picking up his $6.3 million team option for the 2017-18 season.

Part of the reason Miami traded away Josh McRoberts on Friday was to clear the cap space necessary to pick up Ellington's option. Ellington averaged a career-high 10.5 points and 2.4 3-pointers last season. However, the Heat have plenty of depth in their backcourt and on the wing. If the players ahead of Ellington in the rotation stay healthy, it will be very difficult for him to match the numbers he posted last season.
Jul 8 - 9:29 AM

Dallas has traded A.J. Hammons to Miami in exchange for Josh McRoberts, a 2023 second-round draft pick and cash considerations.

The Heat needed to dump McRoberts salary and the Mavs were a willing partner. McRoberts has been unable to stay healthy and is not expected to be a significant contributor in Dallas next season. Hammons was selected in the second round (46th overall) by Dallas in the 2016 NBA Draft, but saw only limited playing time last season, averaging 2.2 points and 1.6 rebounds in 7.4 minutes over 22 games. He is not on the fantasy radar.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 7 - 1:32 PM

James Johnson has agreed to the framework of a four-year, $60 million deal to stay with the Heat, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com.

The Heat are still trying to shed some salary, so that explains why the terms are not agreed upon just yet. Johnson had his best year with the Heat in 2016-17, turning in career-high averages of 12.8 points, 4.9 boards, 3.6 assists and 1.0 treys. He only started five games, but he's going to get minutes in the upper 20s again. He's a nice target late in drafts.
Jul 6 - 8:57 PM

A.J. Hammons could be traded in a Josh McRoberts salary dump, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.

The Heat could also send a second-round pick, according to this report. Hammons didn't really offer much in his rookie season and the second-round pick wouldn't be a lock to make the opening night roster for either team.
Jul 6 - 8:11 PM

Kelly Olynyk has agreed to a four-year, $50 million-plus deal with the Heat, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com.

It's a fairly big contract for a guy who didn't play 21 minutes per game in either of his last two seasons. In his 20.5 minutes per game last year, Olynyk was effective on offense with averages of 9.0 points, 4.8 boards, 2.0 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.9 treys. Coach Erik Spoelstra will likely use him as a combo PF/C with minutes in the low 20s again. The Heat should still be able to bring James Johnson back.
Jul 6 - 7:44 PM

Dion Waiters and the Heat have agreed on a four-year, $52 million deal, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

Waiters took off with Miami last season and his $13 million annual salary is reasonable compared to existing deals for shooting guards around the league. The 25-year-old is entering his prime and is coming off a strong season with averages of 15.8 points, 1.8 threes, 3.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.4 blocks, most of which are career highs.
Jul 5 - 8:07 PM


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