Player News - Heat

Date: Team: Pos:

Pat Riley confirmed that James Johnson, who is recovering from surgery for a sports hernia, will be ready for training camp.

Johnson underwent surgery back in May. "I'm glad he was able to get it fixed," Riley said. "I do believe he will be definitely ready for training camp." Johnson finished last season ranked 111th in nine-category fantasy leagues.
Jun 22 - 12:48 PM

Miami president Pat Riley said the Heat have not offered Hassan Whiteside in any trades.

There has been plenty of buzz around Miami since the end of the season that the Heat would attempt to move their disgruntled center. However, Riley claims that's not the case. "I expect a lot of out Hassan, contrary to what people might think about us trading him," Riley said. "We haven't offered him to anybody, really, to be honest with you. So you go through an emotional period with a player, and you deal with it, and you come back and you work things out."
Jun 22 - 12:06 PM

Pat Riley said that Dion Waiters's injured ankle is "coming along extremely well."

Waiters underwent successful surgery to repair instability in his troublesome left ankle back in January. "Dion had a catscan the other day and his ankle is coming along extremely well. That is a long process of rehab," said Riley. "He's back in town in getting therapy. Now the real rehab and conditioning will come over the next three months." The Heat are not yet sure ifWaiters will be ready for training camp.
Jun 22 - 8:51 AM

Justise Winslow is available in a trade, according to Jake Fischer of Sports Illustrated.

The Heat are not rich with draft capital with no pick this year, five additional second round picks being dealt away after this draft, and no first rounder in the 2021 draft. Winslow was really struggling to start the year, but he came on strong as the Heat dealt with injuries after the break. The Heat won't be getting much back for Winslow.
Jun 21 - 6:00 PM

Dion Waiters has looked good in pickup games, according to Bam Adebayo.

"You can tell he's been in the gym because he's been working," Adebayo said about his teammate. "I feel like Dion has another unbelievable ceiling to him. So we're just going to keep working and everyone will reach their potential." Waiters had surgery to repair his oft-injured ankle, and apparently he's fully on track for camp.
Jun 20 - 4:30 PM

Bam Adebayo said he's been working on his mid-range and post game this offseason.

He was not very good in the post last year at just 14th percentile on his 55 possessions used (Synergy), and he was even worse as a jump shooter at just 10th percentile. Adebayo did play well down the stretch and he will likely be cutting into Hassan Whiteside's playing time. Bam is an option late in drafts.
Jun 20 - 3:06 PM

Udonis Haslem said he is not ready to retire and will consider playing overseas next season.

Haslem appeared in just 14 games for Miami last season, averaging 0.6 points and 0.7 rebounds in 5.1 minutes. His value lies in his locker room leadership, but he wants an opportunity to play and contribute on the court. "Every time I talk to the guys, they want me to come back, they want to know," Haslem said. "I might just go play in China or Europe or something. I've got some game left and I ain't really trying to waste it too much more. So I'm going to figure it out."
Jun 15 - 9:58 AM

The Heat have made a qualifying offer to Derrick Jones Jr.

The qualifying offer for Jones was only $77,000 because he was on a two-way contract last season. This means the Heat will be able to match any offers for him in free agency. Jones Jr. made 20 appearances with the Heat with averages of 3.1 points, 1.9 rebounds and 0.7 blocks.
Jun 14 - 12:08 PM

Josh Richardson said he's focusing on adding muscle and working on his handles this summer.

"I wanted to put on some weight [as a small forward or a shooting guard]," he said. "I mean that position that he says doesn't really completely change what I'm going to do." Additionally, he said he's "pretty pissed" about not getting an All-NBA nod, which is 100 percent justified. Savvy fantasy owners won't be able to sneak Richardson later this time, and he'll be a solid option around pick 50 in nine-category leagues.
Jun 13 - 4:43 PM

Dwyane Wade has not made a decision on if he'll return next season, but says if he does he wants it to be with Miami.

At 36, he's considering retirement, but still hasn't made a decision. Wade seems to love it in Miami so it's no surprise that if he doesn't hang up the sneaks, he wants to stay in South Beach.
Jun 10 - 12:43 PM

There is "no appetite to trade" Goran Dragic, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.

President Pat Riley has said that nobody is untouchable, but Dragic, Bam Adebayo and Josh Richardson appear to be the safest of the bunch. Dragic is not going to take part in European action this summer as his career heads into his mid 30s.
Jun 8 - 3:30 PM

According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, it's "considered 50-50 at best" that the Heat can trade Hassan Whiteside.

The report adds it's likely because his trade value is so low. That makes sense because of how Whiteside wasn't closing games and how he had trouble staying healthy last season. Additionally, Jackson adds that a friend of Whiteside has said that the center hasn't asked for a trade. It would appear the Heat will try to trade Whiteside, but it may be tough to find a trade partner. His fantasy value has taken a big hit in the last 12 months.
Jun 8 - 3:16 PM

Juwan Howard will interview for the Pistons' vacant head coaching position, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Howard was a candidate for the Knicks' job before they hired David Fizdale, and he's been serving as an assistant coach for Miami since 2013. The Pistons will reportedly also interview Dwane Casey, Kenny Smith and Spurs assistant Ime Udoka for the job. It appears they hope to move quickly, as they recently brought in former head coaches Bernie Bickerstaff and Jim Lynam to help expedite the hiring process.
May 30 - 7:33 PM

Shane Battier has reportedly withdrawn from consideration for Detroit's open GM position.

Battier got as far as a second interview with the Pistons, but it sounds like he'll be staying with Miami's front-office for now. More names will assuredly come up throughout the summer as the Pistons zero in on a target, but the Battier rumors can be put to rest.
May 29 - 3:48 PM

James Johnson recently underwent surgery for a sports hernia.

The Heat have already stated that they expect Johnson to be "fine for camp," so this isn't anything we'll need to be concerned about next year. Johnson took a step back this season after his career 2016-17 campaign, but posted respectable averages of 10.8 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 0.7 blocks, 1.0 steals and 0.8 triples. With Hassan Whiteside on the block, Johnson's value could get a bump in 2018-19.
May 28 - 12:19 PM


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