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  • Luke Babbitt
    F, Miami Heat

    Luke Babbitt is considering playing in Europe in search of more playing time, according to The Miami Herald.

    Babbitt played just 14.3 minutes per game over 50 games last season but that number drops to 11.2 in just his games with Miami. The 14.3 season average is his fewest since 2014-15 and the 11.2 on the Heat would be the fewest since his rookie season in 2010-11. If a team wanted to give him meaningful playing time they would have signed him already. If Babbitt is making his decision based on playing time there is a good chance we do not see him in the NBA for 2018-19.

    Source: Miami Herald

  • Luke Babbitt
    PF, Miami Heat

    Luke Babbitt entered the starting lineup on Wednesday night with the Heat resting some of their regulars and finished with three points (1-for-6 shooting), four rebounds and two assists in 25 minutes.

    All of Babbitt's attempts came from behind the arc. He's likely to fall back out of the rotation in the next one though he might be a desperation 3-point stream if the Heat find themselves locked into a seed heading into their final pair of games. It'd take a pretty remarkable set of results for that to happen, however, so it's best to leave Babbitt on all waiver wires.

  • Luke Babbitt
    SF/PF, Miami Heat

    Luke Babbitt and Rodney McGruder will move into the starting lineup for James Johnson (rest) and Goran Dragic (rest) against the Hawks on Wednesday.

    Babbitt is nothing more than a 3-point streamer and McGruder could help out defensively in deeper leagues.

    Source: Tom D'Angelo on Twitter

  • Luke Babbitt
    PF, Miami Heat

    Luke Babbitt slotted back into the starting five on Wednesday night but went scoreless in 14 minutes, missing all three of his shots (all from deep).

    This lineup change definitely wasn’t a waste of time. Leave Babbitt on the wire unless you’re in a 30-team league and absolutely need threes.

  • Tyler Johnson
    SG, Miami Heat

    Tyler Johnson will return to the starting lineup Thursday, replacing Luke Babbitt.

    It is good to see Johnson move back into the lineup after missing two games then coming off the bench for two games. It does not change things too much as he played 38 minutes in their last game anyways – while Babbitt barely played. The Heat are at full strength for the first time in a while so wing minutes and usage for everyone may be down a touch.

    Source: Tom D’Angelo on Twitter

  • James Johnson
    SF/PF, Miami Heat

    James Johnson drew the start on Tuesday night but played just 14 minutes in an overtime loss, finishing with six points, three rebounds, an assist and a steal.

    Johnson just can’t seem to find his footing this season. His ability to pitch in across the board means he can roll out of bed and pick up top-150 value but it’s a far cry from the middle-round numbers he was delivering last season. There’s still time for JJ to go on a run but owners shouldn’t get their hopes up. It’s possible he’s moved back to the bench after this one, as he and fellow starting forward Luke Babbitt combined to play only 20 minutes. Bam Adebayo saw just four as the Heat found some other hot hands in their deep rotation.

  • Luke Babbitt
    SF/PF, Miami Heat

    Luke Babbitt has resumed his old role for the Heat, which means he’s got a permanent green light to rise and fire from behind the arc.

    Erik Spoelstra has been asking Babbitt to keep shooting, saying “He is an exceptional shooter. Exceptional. We want to maximize that as much as possible and then eventually teams start to adjust and spacing becomes a big positive for us just because it will open up driving lanes.” While Babbitt didn’t see the court in his first two games back in Miami and only scored six points across his first seven games (with three DNPs), he’s been thrust into the starting power forward spot and has averaged 10.5 points with seven threes in his the last two contests. Deep league owners can feel free to give Babbitt a look as a 3-point specialist.

    Source: Palm Beach Post

  • Tyler Johnson
    PG/SG, Miami Heat

    Tyler Johnson will be active and available for Monday’s game against the Suns.

    While Johnson is ready to roll, he won’t resume his old job as the starting two guard just yet. Josh Richardson will hold that spot down tonight while Luke Babbitt and James Johnson start at the forward spots. Babbitt is mostly a token starter and will likely be outplayed by several of Miami’s bench guys. Two-way call-up Derrick Walton Jr. will be inactive since Johnson is good to go.

    Source: Tom D’Angelo on Twitter

  • Luke Babbitt
    PF, Miami Heat

    Luke Babbitt was a surprise starter on Saturday night but handled himself decently in 25 minutes, scoring nine points on three triples to go with two rebounds and a steal.

    Babbitt isn’t a lock to be in the rotation going forward with Bam Adebayo set to return for Miami’s next game. If he does play, owners in extremely deep leagues can look to him for some threes but that’s about it.

  • James Johnson
    SF/PF, Miami Heat

    The Heat have made a pair of changes to their starting lineup, opting for James Johnson and Luke Babbitt over Justise Winslow and Kelly Olynyk.

    It was announced earlier in the day that Olynyk would move to the bench but the change for Winslow is unexpected. Hopefully Johnson can capitalize on this opportunity, as he is a rock solid top-75 value in the proper workload. Make sure he’s in your lineups tonight. While Babbitt started some games for the Heat last season, he never wound up playing many minutes. That seems like it’ll be the case in this stint as well so he’s only on the table if you’re truly desperate for some threes. He should fall right back out of the rotation when Bam Adebayo returns from his one-game personal absence. Johnson and Olynyk are the guys you want here.

    Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter

  • Kelly Olynyk
    PF, Miami Heat

    Coach Spoelstra said that he’s bringing Kelly Olynyk off the bench on Saturday but declined to name the new starting power forward.

    The Heat may need to get creative tonight with Bam Adebayo out for personal reasons. The easiest call is simply to plug James Johnson in, though Olynyk’s inclusion in the starting five came as a result of Tyler Johnson’s injury at shooting guard so it’s possible that Justise Winslow slides back to the four and someone like Rodney McGruder starts at the three. Less likely candidates to start include Luke Babbitt and Derrick Jones Jr., though both have drawn starts for Miami in the past — last season in Babbitt’s case. Olynyk and Johnson remain your best bets for fantasy value regardless of who starts.

    Source: Tom D’Angelo on Twitter

  • Kelly Olynyk
    PF/C, Miami Heat

    Kelly Olynyk will start at power forward for the Heat on Thursday.

    This was our best guess as the options were reported to be Olynyk, Luke Babbitt, or Rodney McGruder. Olynyk will start at the four while Justise Winlsow and Josh Richardson will slide down to the three and two respectively. The Heat are one of the slowest teams in the league and are hosting the Lakers who are one of the fastest paced teams. If the Lakers can control the tempo, Olynyk could be looking at a decent game.

    Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter

  • Derrick Jones Jr.
    SF/PF, Miami Heat

    Derrick Jones Jr. has rejoined the Miami Heat on his two-way contract and is available to play Thursday against the Lakers.

    Jones Jr. goes from not with the team to a potential starter tonight as there is still speculation for who will be replacing Tyler Johnson. The possibilities reported earlier were Kelly Olynyk, Luke Babbitt, and Rodney McGruder plus the Heat still have James Johnson. It would be shocking if Jones Jr. got the start tonight much less many minutes. He is an incredible athlete and can rack up boards and defensive stats in a hurry but his high inconsistency and projected lack of playing time make it impossible to touch him for now.

    Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter

  • Kelly Olynyk
    PF/C, Miami Heat

    Kelly Olynyk, Rodney McGruder and Luke Babbit are all possible starters with Tyler Johnson out Thursday.

    It seems as if Josh Richardson and Justise Winslow will slide down to the two and three while the Heat will replace Johnson with a big – unless, of course, McGruder gets the nod. Babbitt has not played much at all recently and McGruder will be playing just his second game of the season so it seems unlikely they will be starting. James Johnson is also a candidate for extended minutes as the Heat host the Lakers a little shorthanded tonight.

    Source: Tom D’Angelo on Twitter