May 19, 2019, 10:52 amGoran Dragic - G - Miami Heat
Goran Dragic is unlikely to opt out of the last year of his deal according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.
This is unsurprising given how Dragic will be set to make $19.2 million in his final season, a total that he is all but assured not to see on the open market. Dragic's most productive days are behind him, but that doesn't mean that the Heat won't be able to find a suitor who'd be looking to clear some cap space with his expiring deal.
Source: Miami Herald
May 15, 2019, 10:03 amJosh Richardson - F - Miami Heat
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra is considering making changes to the team’s offensive approach, and he recently spent considerable time with a college coach whose teams have consistently produced elite offensive numbers.
Spoelstra spent 5½ hours with Nova Southeastern University coach Jim Crutchfield who was named Division II Coach of the Year in 2012 and 2013, and his 84.4 career winning percentage in Division II (405-75 record) tops those of legendary Division I coaches Mike Krzyzewski, John Wooden and Adolph Rupp. The Heat finished this season 26th in the league in offensive efficiency, 26th in points per game (105.7) and 22nd in field-goal percentage (45.0). Spoelstra has picked the brains of numerous coaches during past offseasons, including former NFL and college coach Chip Kelly, but has always been reluctant to disclose the coaches with whom he meets.
Source: Miami Herald
April 16, 2019, 3:40 pmUdonis Haslem - F - Miami Heat
Udonis Haslem said that he has discussed to his wife and kids, parents and others about his complicated retirement decision for the upcoming 2019-2020 season, and will take his time.
Haslem will turn 39 in June and has played his entire 16-year career for the Miami Heat winning three championships. Haslem's decision will ultimately come down to what's best for him and his family.
Source: Anthony Chiang on Miami Herald
April 15, 2019, 1:30 pmJustise Winslow - F - Miami Heat
Justise Winslow is hoping to pin down his long-term position.
"Do I know what position I am finally? No," said Winslow. "But I think it’s somewhere one through three, not so much four. Can I play small-ball four? Yes, late in games. But is that where I think I will be most efficient and most successful? No." That's an interesting take from him, though it's hard to dispute the level of success he found running things out of the backcourt this season. That said, Erik Spoelstra still didn't commit to a single position for Winslow and it's the versatility of their personnel that gives Miami an edge on certain opponents. It's also worth remembering that Winslow's path to true, lead-dog guard minutes is a bit blocked unless Miami can make some moves, so fantasy owners might not want to read too much into his spurts of production this year when the Heat were missing a ton of players.
Source: Miami Herald
April 12, 2019, 11:44 amBam Adebayo - C/F - Miami Heat
Bam Adebayo said he is not sure on whether or not he would begin the 2019-20 season as a starter.
Adebayo said "Who knows? You never know." Adebayo played well and was a top-60 fantasy producer when given the opportunity to start. At this point it looks like the Heat are ready to move on from Hassan Whiteside and while Adebayo is unsure, at this point he is the most likely candidate to open the 2019-20 season at the starting center.
Source: Anthony Chiang on Twitter
April 11, 2019, 4:57 pmUdonis Haslem - F - Miami Heat
Udonis Haslem has told the media that he will need time to decide whether or not to retire after 16 seasons, all with the Heat.
Haslem has had a wonderful career as a lifelong member of the Miami Heat. He has helped them win three championships and may move on to the next phase of his life after basketball.
Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter
April 11, 2019, 4:00 pmGoran Dragic - G - Miami Heat
Goran Dragic will wait until closer to the June deadline to decide whether or not he will pick up his 19.2 million dollar option.
Dragic did not have a great season as he was hampered by injuries and only finished playing in 36 games, the third lowest number in his career. He will not be able to find that large of a number from another suitor but may look for a longer term contract as he is entering his mid-30's.
Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter
April 11, 2019, 1:43 amDion Waiters - G - 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 11, 2019, 1:17 amBam Adebayo - C/F - Miami Heat
Bam Adebayo scored 10 points with six boards, a steal and a three in 18 minutes vs. the Nets in Wednesday's season finale loss.
Adebayo played all 82 games this season (28 starts) on his way to a top-120 fantasy finish on a per-game basis. He made good progress throughout his second season, and is actually inside the top-60 over the final month of the season. During that stretch, he's around 11 points, 10 rebounds, one steal and one block with 58 percent FGs in 27 minutes. Look for him to be in that range next season, hopefully as a full-time starting center.
April 11, 2019, 12:55 amDerrick Jones Jr. - F/G - Miami Heat
Derrick Jones Jr. had 13 points, four rebounds and a couple missed dunks that were still impressive in Wednesday's season finale vs. the Nets.
Airplane Mode made a bit of a breakthrough this season, as he had stretches of fantasy relevance, but he still ranked in just the 250-range. The 0.8 steals and 0.7 blocks in just 19.2 mpg are his potential ticket to fantasy value.
April 11, 2019, 12:42 amDuncan Robinson - F - Miami Heat
Duncan Robinson played well in his first big minutes (36) on Wednesday with 15 points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals and three 3-pointers.
The rookie had played just 125 minutes all season prior to tonight. His 3-point stroke looked good, but he's a long way from fantasy-relevance.
April 11, 2019, 12:33 amJames Johnson - F - Miami Heat
James Johnson played just seven minutes in Wednesday's finale of a season that saw him regress and play just 55 games.
Johnson had become a sneaky fantasy starter the last two seasons, but he was hurt often and lost five minutes per game this season. This dropped him outside the top-225. He's 32 and likely won't be a fantasy factor next season on the Heat.
April 11, 2019, 12:21 amYante Maten - F - Miami Heat
Yante Maten played 12 minutes in his second career game on Wednesday, getting two poins, two boards and a steal.
Maten played his only other NBA minute on Tuesday. We're going to need to see some more to warrant fantasy attention next season.
April 11, 2019, 12:15 amRyan Anderson - F - Miami Heat
Ryan Anderson finished the season on the bench vs. the Nets and largely fantasy irrelevant.
Anderson began the season as a short-lived starter on the Suns and finished it playing just 44 minutes over the past two months. He's got another year on his deal, but you can ignore him completely in fantasy next season.
April 11, 2019, 12:03 amHassan Whiteside - C - Miami Heat
Hassan Whiteside sat out the season's final game with a DNP-CD on Wednesday,
While Whiteside played 72 games this season (53 starts), his minutes dropped again, down to just 23.3 per game. The numbers that dive his borderline-top-100 season are 11.3 rebounds, 1.9 blocks, 57.1 percent FGs and 44.9 percent FTs. Those that keep expecting him to leave or be traded probably have another season to wait, as he has a lucrative player-option to stay with the Heat. Whiteside is going the wrong way as he approaches age 30, but he could still be a steal if you're punting free throws since his rank jumps to 43/27 (8/9-cat) per-game.