Maybe not in reality, but in the fantasy world, we look for undervalued or little-known assets to enjoy, and despite a rocky season with way too many mouths to feed in 2018-19, the Heat might…
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
June 18, 2019, 9:12 amDion WaitersG, Miami Heat
According to Kevin Pelton of ESPN, with All-Stars Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson likely to miss a big chunk, if not all, of next season, the Warriors will spend the summer on the lookout for help, and one of their targets may be Heat guard Dion Waiters.
Durant, Thompson and DeMarcus Cousins could all be lost in free agency, but even if all three players re-sign, the Warriors will have no salary left under the cap to sign free agents and the only possible way to improve would be through a trade. Waiters has two years and around $27 million remaining on his contract while the Heat are very open to trading him. He could see a boost in his numbers if traded to the Warriors but his efficiency has always been an issue.
June 5, 2019, 10:56 amDion WaitersG, Miami Heat
The Heat are intent on trying to trade one of a few contracts with multiple years remaining, with James Johnson and Dion Waiters considered available on the trade market.
The Heat, hypothetically, could trade Johnson (due $15.1 million next season) or Waiters (due $12.1 million next season) only in order to gain some much-needed financial flexibility. That scenario would allow Miami to get under the luxury tax threshold and potentially give them enough space to use the full mid-level exception this summer. With its current salary situation, the Heat could use a $5.7 million taxpayer mid-level exception if they choose to but likely would not because of tax implications. Teams below the tax line can use the full mid-level exception as long as they don’t exceed the tax apron, which is expected to be $138 million next season —$6 million above the tax line.
Source: Miami Herald
April 11, 2019, 1:43 amDion WaitersG, Miami Heat
Dion Waiters was scoreless in nine minutes vs. the Nets in Wednesday's season finale.
Waiters missed the first 35 games of the season and returned with per-game value just outside the top-200 over his 44 games. He eventually settled in near his previous averages except for a decent increase in threes (2.5 on the season, 3.4 over the last month). If you can deal with bad percentages, Waiters could be worth rostering once again next season.
April 7, 2019, 3:59 pmDion WaitersG, Miami Heat
Dion Waiters dropped 17 points with five 3-pointers, four rebounds and two assists in an overtime loss to the Raptors on Sunday.
Waiters has been surging recently (22 points w/ six 3-pointers on Friday) and the Heat need him to continue his good play as they fight for a playoff spot. It seems he's over his knee soreness he dealt with earlier in the week.
April 5, 2019, 10:56 pmDion WaitersG, Miami Heat
Dion Waiters had the hot hand on Friday, hitting 6-of-12 shots from downtown en route to his 22 points (8-of-17 shooting) and nothing else.
Waiters has been dealing with a sore left knee so this explosion was a bit of a surprise. At the end of the day, this one-dimensional outing leaves a lot to be desired. His stat set issues and injury risks are still capping his late-season upside, but with Josh Richardson out, Waiters will be the Heat's main 3-point threat.
April 5, 2019, 1:16 pmDion WaitersG, Miami Heat
Dion Waiters (left knee) is available to play on Friday against the Wolves.
The Heat are relying on Waiters to continue his recent surge as they push to make the playoffs. Waiters will have a prime opportunity to continue his hot stretch with Josh Richardson out for the next two weeks. Feel free to plug him into your lineups.
Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter
April 4, 2019, 2:57 pmDion WaitersG, Miami Heat
Dion Waiters (left knee) had a precautionary MRI which was negative and is probable to face the Wolves on Friday.
Waiters has been a top-70 9-cat player over the past two weeks and has seen his minutes rise to 37.5 over his past four games. The Heat are fighting to make the playoffs and need Waiters to play as much as possible with Josh Richardson getting hurt again.
Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter
April 3, 2019, 11:02 pmDion WaitersG, Miami Heat
Dion Waiters needed 22 shot attempts to score 21 points in a team-high 42 minutes of action in a loss to the Celtics on Wednesday.
He shot 8-of-22 from the field and added three rebounds, five assists and five 3-pointers to the stat sheet. Waiters has been a late-round value shooting specialist over the past month and is a solid volume play down the stretch. Goran Dragic did not have a great shooting day either, as he shot 3-of-15 from the field to score 11 points. The Heat failed to come through in a game that would have meant a lot for the playoff race in the Eastern Conference.
April 1, 2019, 9:52 pmDion WaitersG, Miami Heat
Dion Waiters forced his way to 14 points on 5-of-14 shooting with two rebounds, four assists, a steal and two 3-pointers on Monday.
Waiters bludgeoned his way to 14 points tonight, but as usual the shooting wasn't pretty and when he isn't scoring he isn't doing enough to warrat being owned. If you're feeling risky, take a gamble on him for some triples though.
March 30, 2019, 11:00 pmDion WaitersG, Miami Heat
Dion Waiters scored 28 points (11-of-23 shooting) with six 3-pointers, three rebounds, six assists, two steals and a block on Saturday night as the Heat won 100-92.
Waiters was on fire the whole night but is still not a must-own player considering how he can be inefficient on a nightly basis. If you have a streaming spot open and you need some scoring punch and 3-pointers, feel free to give him a look.
March 29, 2019, 3:44 pmJosh RichardsonF, Miami Heat
Josh Richardson (bruised left heel) and Justise Winslow (thigh, food poisoning) will miss the Heat’s next two games.
If your H2H playoffs end after this week this is the sign to move on if you haven’t already. Goran Dragic and Dion Waiters will continue to get lots of usage while the Heat are shorthanded.
Source: Barry Jackson on Twitter
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