July 29, 2019, 3:59 pmYante MatenPF, Miami Heat
The Heat have waived Yante Maten.
The Heat waive Maten after he played in the team's final two games of the season after a strong year for their G-League team in 2018-19. This move saves the Heat some cap room as August 1st was the deadline for an increase in pay for the forward. He will find a team to play with professionally on some level but can be ignored from a fantasy perspective.
Source: David Furones on Twitter
July 26, 2019, 8:49 pmBam AdebayoC, Miami Heat
Bam Adebayo has accepted an invitation to Team USA training camp for the FIBA World Cup tournament in China, according to Adrian Wojnarowski
Adebayo is set for a breakout season as the starting center on the Heat. Experience at the Team USA training camp will only speed up his development. With Hassan Whiteside traded to the Blazers, Adebayo will be given all the minutes he can handle at center. His stock is on the rise as he looks to improve on his averages of 8.9 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists in only 23.3 minutes per game last season.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
July 20, 2019, 11:49 amChris PaulPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Chris Paul has reportedly settled on the idea of starting the season for the Thunder.
Although Oklahoma City and Miami did not have formal discussions regarding a Chris Paul trade according to Brian Windhorst, the Thunder were willing to discuss giving back the Heat some picks but the Heat would have also wanted Paul to decline his $44 million player option in 2021-2022, which is not going to happen. The Heat want to remain flexible in the next big free agent class of 2021 and adding Paul on his current deal would take that away. Paul's usage rate will likely increase on the Thunder but keep in mind that he has missed at least 21 games in each of the three seasons before drafting him as the 9-time All-Star enters his 15th season in the league.
July 17, 2019, 9:17 amDion WaitersSG, Miami Heat
Dion Waiters wrote on Instagram on Monday that he read all the jokes on social media about his conditioning last season, but rather than "joining the circus," he used it as motivation to improve his physique.
The Heat are known around the league for having one of the best conditioning programs, as guys who go there almost universally get in better shape. Waiters seemed to be the exception to the rule last year coming off an injury where he didn’t get to train like he wanted. He has been hitting the gym though this summer as he is trying to get back to elite basketball shape area for the upcoming season. It’s nice to see this development but Waiters’ game is still very inefficient due to the bad percentages and turnovers that limit his fantasy value.
Source: NBC Sports
July 16, 2019, 11:32 amBam AdebayoC, Miami Heat
Bam Adebayo is envisioning himself as a better all-around player, with averages of 16.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists this upcoming season.
Adebayo, who turns 22 on Thursday, averaged 8.9 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 23.3 minutes while playing in all 82 of the Heat’s games last season. With the Heat trading center Hassan Whiteside to the Blazers earlier this month, Adebayo is expected to be the clear-cut choice at starting center and a fantasy breakout candidate.
Source: Miami Herald
July 15, 2019, 5:44 pmKyle AlexanderC, Miami Heat
The Heat have signed Kyle Alexander to an Exhibit 9, 10 contract.
An Exhibit 9 contract is for one year at the minimum, and they cannot be signed by teams until there are 14 players on the roster already. In essence, it's the sort of contract that can help hard-capped teams (like Miami) in the case of preseason injury, where a similar injury to a player on a different contract would have larger cap ramifications. An injured player's salary becomes fully guaranteed until he recovers, while an Exhibit 9 player can be waived at a cost of $6,000 to the team. Alexander averaged 4.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in Summer League. Look for him to spend his season in Sioux Falls.
Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter
July 15, 2019, 12:13 pmDuncan RobinsonF, Miami Heat
The Heat will be picking up Duncan Robinson's $1 million guarantee for the upcoming season.
Robinson played well throughout Summer League and will now officially be on the roster. He only appeared in 15 games last season, and although he's showed some promise Robinson will likely need another trade to go down to open up a serious shot at playing time.
Source: Tim Reynolds on Twitter
July 14, 2019, 8:55 amChris PaulPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Though they are still interested in acquiring his services, the Miami Heat have so far been uninterested in meeting Oklahoma City's asking price for Chris Paul according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.
The assumption by most pundits heading into these trade talks was that it would likely take the Thunder including assets to move the Heat into taking on CP3's massive contract. While we don't know what the Thunder have put on the table in these talks, it's evident that they have not met the threshold to make the financial commitment worth it to the Heat. If Miami isn't a landing spot for Paul, it will be tough to imagine another team, fringing on contention, lining up for his services. It's looking like a real possibility that he starts the season in Oklahoma City, where he will have a lot to prove to contenders that he is worth making a move for. His presence would help Shai Gilgeous-Alexander from a development standpoint, but would likely put a dent in his potential fantasy value.
Source: Barry Jackson on Twitter
July 13, 2019, 9:10 pmDuncan RobinsonF, Miami Heat
Duncan Robinson was on fire on Saturday, registering 26 points (9-of-21 shooting), eight rebounds, four 3s, three assists, three steals and two blocks in 36 minutes.
Robinson is someone to keep an eye on for now. The Heat are serious contenders to land Chris Paul via a trade with the Thunder, so their roster could still see a drastic shake-up before October's regular season tip off.
July 12, 2019, 4:32 pmKz OkpalaF, Miami Heat
KZ Okpala and Chris Silva (sprained left knee) will not play for the rest of Summer League.
Okpala, the 32nd pick in the draft, did not play at all in Vegas after he was held up in transaction formalities. Silva was signed to an Exhibit 10 contract yesterday, so he's not missing out on a chance at a spot by being ruled out here.
Source: Barry Jackson on Twitter
July 11, 2019, 8:03 pmJeremiah MartinPG, Miami Heat
The Heat signed Jeremiah Martin and Chris Silva from their Summer League roster to Exhibit 10 contracts on Thursday.
The real takeaway here is that the Heat have the ability to move them to the G-League affiliate after training camp.
Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter
July 11, 2019, 5:03 pmTyler HerroPG, Miami Heat
The Heat have balked at the Thunder's ask for two of Tyler Herro, Bam Adebayo and Justise Winslow in trade talks for Russell Westbrook.
While Miami is reportedly at the top of Westbrook's list of destinations, the Heat would obviously prefer to keep some of their young talent since they may be bidding against themselves at this point. The Heat just inked Herro to his rookie deal, which means he cannot be traded for 30 days, and they also must send out more than Westbrook's immense salary because they're hard-capped. We'll see who blinks first, or if another team can provide OKC a more compelling package.
Source: Miami Herald
July 10, 2019, 9:03 pmDuncan RobinsonF, Miami Heat
Duncan Robinson collected some stats in Wednesday's close loss to Minnesota, scoring 13 points to go with four rebounds, four assists, three steals and two 3-pointers.
Robinson is likely to be an end of the bench guy in his second season with Miami. He doesn't figure to hold much fantasy value unless the Heat see some injuries to their frontcourt.
July 10, 2019, 8:56 pmTyler HerroPG, Miami Heat
Fresh off signing his first NBA contract, Tyler Herro cooled off a bit in Wednesday's 90-87 loss, putting up 15 points, three assists and three 3-pointers.
Herro has done as much to increase his stature through Summer League play as any first-round pick. So much so that he is being reported as one of two players the Heat would prefer to not include in talks for Russell Westbrook. He could enter the season with a decent chunk of playing time off the bench, potentially giving him deep-league appeal.
July 10, 2019, 8:48 pmKendrick NunnPG, Miami Heat
Kendrick Nunn was on fire in the Heat's narrow loss against the Timberwolves on Wednesday, posting 28 points (13-of-20 shooting), six rebounds, five assists, two steals and a 3-pointer.
Nunn has done just about everything possible to secure himself a roster spot in Miami this season, and it just might be enough. If he does make the roster he doesn't figure to see much playing time, however it should be noted that he'd be one of the few true PGs on the roster.