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  • Derrick Jones Jr.
    SF, Miami Heat

    Derrick Jones Jr., who tested positive for COVID-19 a couple weeks, has been cleared and is expected to join the Heat as they enter the Orlando bubble on Wednesday.

    This is consistent with Erik Spoelstra’s statement last week that all 17 Heat players will be ready to go to Disney. It remains to be seen whether DJJ is ready to immediately return to full basketball activities but it’s good to see Miami arrive in full strength.

    Source: Five Reasons Sports Network on Twitter

  • Meyers Leonard
    C, Miami Heat

    Talking to the Miami Herald, Meyers Leonard said that his ankle has healed correctly and he is ready to play in Orlando and make a case for his next contract in the NBA.

    Leonard, who started the first 49 games of the season before the injury, averaged 6.1 points while shooting 52 percent from the field and 42.9 from the 3-point line. He is an impending free agent, and even though he wants to remain in Miami, he is expected to have plenty of suitors after a productive year with the Heat.

    Source: Miami Herald

  • Jimmy Butler
    SG, Miami Heat

    Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald is reporting that a third Heat player has tested positive for COVID-19.

    Derrick Jones Jr. is the only known player, though Jackson adds that the two latest cases are both rotation players. Florida is in terrible shape at the moment and the Heat may need to enter the bubble without three of their rotation options — those players may still join the team later but will miss out on valuable practice time. The NBA is going full steam ahead on their restart plans but the virus is going to determine whether or not things actually unfold according to plan.

    Source: Barry Jackson on Twitter

  • Tyler Herro
    PG, Miami Heat

    Tyler Herro said the time off allowed his right ankle to fully recover.

    Herro returned to action just before the shutdown due to COVID-19. With the ankle back to 100 percent, he will face no restrictions when play picks back up in Orlando. While Herro's scoring prowess caused some increased expectations for his rookie season, he's largely been an afterthought for the Heat. He can clearly shoot the rock (2.1 treys on .391 shooting), but the rest of his game is lacking, and the Heat do not have time to devote to rookie development when the season resumes.

    Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter

  • Jimmy Butler
    SG, Miami Heat

    After a second member of the Heat tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, the team practice facilities have been closed to all activities, with an exception for testing.

    Derrick Jones Jr. had tested positive earlier in the week, and it has not been reported who the latest player to test positive for the coronavirus is. This is a precautionary measure that many teams are undertaking as they prepare to shift operations to the Orlando bubble. The Heat will resume team activities there on July 8.

    Source: Ethan J Skolnick on Twitter

  • Meyers Leonard
    C, Miami Heat

    Meyers Leonard (sprained left ankle) is expected to be available as the Heat participate in the NBA restart.

    While Leonard's availability is a positive sign, he hasn't played since February 3. He is also not very high on the depth chart. Even Leonard's 42.9 percent 3-point conversion rate doesn't make him a recommended addition in fantasy going forward.

    Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter

  • Derrick Jones Jr.
    SF, Miami Heat

    Derrick Jones Jr. has tested positive for COVID-19, per the Miami Herald.

    Jones is asymptomatic and plans on playing when the season restarts at the end of July. He is also the first Heat player to test positive, though there could be more positives coming throughout the organization given the rise of cases in Florida over the last few weeks. Jones will now self-isolate for two weeks. The high-flyer has been a nice fantasy value whenever he gets substantial minutes and will be a player to watch this offseason. Fantasy GMs should be hoping he lands with a team that can give him 24 minutes a night consistently.

    Source: Miami Herald

  • DeMarcus Cousins
    C, Los Angeles Lakers

    Both the Heat and the Lakers have shown recent interest in bringing in DeMarcus Cousins for the NBA's return to action and playoffs in Orlando in late July and August.

    The Heat, for one, have shown interest in Cousins on multiple occasions in the past. Most recently, they had discussions about the possibility of adding Cousins before he signed with the Lakers last summer. The Lakers waived Cousins on February 21, at which point he "wasn't close" to a return. That being said, it's now the middle of June and there's still time for him to get up to speed over the next six to seven weeks before the action starts in Orlando.

    Source: Heat Nation

  • Meyers Leonard
    C, Miami Heat

    Erik Spoelstra said that Meyers Leonard (sprained left ankle) is "feeling great".

    Leonard has been steadily recovering given the extra time off with the season being suspended. It was reported by Sports Illustrated back in April that he would be ready to return when the NBA season resumes and it appears that is still the case with Spoelstra's latest comment. Leonard will be a role player for the Heat with limited minutes, which makes him unreliable for fantasy.

    Source: Miami Herald

  • Kz Okpala
    F, Miami Heat

    Kz Okpala's offensive game has come a long way since January according to Heat Vice President and Assistant GM, Adam Simon.

    Okpala is already viewed as an NBA-ready defender, and once his offensive game is up to speed the Heat will have a hard time not getting him into the rotation. He spent 20 games in the G League and five with the Heat before the suspension slowed down his progression in 2020. Okpala got off to a slow start due to injuries, and a trade on draft day took away his chance to play in summer league. While this season is unlikely to amount to anything, Okpala is someone to watch in deeper leagues next year.

    Source: Miami Herald

  • Gabe Vincent
    PG, Miami Heat

    Heat Vice President and Assistant GM, Adam Simon, stated that Gabe Vincent's knee is "good to go".

    It sounds like Vincent would have no problem being NBA ready if the Heat decided to call up the two-way guard when play hopefully resumes July 31. Vincent is a strong 3-point shooter with the ability to attack a closeout, but it is still unlikely the Heat will need to put him on the floor for the remainder of the 2019-20 season.

    Source: Miami Herald

  • Andre Iguodala
    SF, Miami Heat

    Andre Iguodala returned to South Florida after living in California since the NBA season was suspended.

    Iguodala returning to the market where his team is could mean that he believes team workouts will begin soon. However, there is no official timetable on when team workouts will begin and Jimmy Butler has yet to return to Miami.

    Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter

  • Jimmy Butler
    SG, Miami Heat

    Ramona Shelburne reported that the Miami Heat opened their practice facility on Wednesday.

    12 players attended American Airlines Arena for voluntary workouts under the NBA's guidelines. The guidelines state that a maximum of four players can attend the facility at any given time and each player must practice at one hoop by themselves. It's encouraging to see individual workouts starting up, but the timeline remains unclear until teams can run full practices. The consensus is that teams will need at least three weeks of training camp before returning to games, and that can't happen until teams are able to run full practices with all team members participating together.

    Source: Ramona Shelburne on Twitter

  • Jimmy Butler
    SG, Miami Heat

    According to Heat beat writer Ira Winderman, the Heat will hold individual workouts at American Airlines Arena starting on Wednesday.

    Winderman also adds that there will be no COVID testing; just temperature checks. Heat players Jimmy Butler, Andre Iguodala and Solomon Hill are still out of town (California) and will not be able to take advantage of the resumption of activities. This is a small step by the organization, given the current situation of the world facing a pandemic, but at least it's an encouraging one and in the right direction.

    Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter

  • Meyers Leonard
    C, Miami Heat

    Meyers Leonard (left ankle sprain) has benefited from the suspension and the Heat center will be ready to return to the floor whenever the NBA season resumes.

    At this point, Leonard will have been off for three months at minimum. He should have no limitations if the season does start back up, but he is unlikely to have much fantasy impact. The crowded roster in Miami has limited him to 20 minutes per game, and Leonard's 3-point shooting won't be able to win you over in that kind of a role.

    Source: Sports Illustrated