October 20, 2020, 7:20 pmDerrick Jones Jr.SF, Miami Heat
Derrick Jones Jr. is expected to attract a number of potential suitors this offseason including both the Pistons and the Bulls, per Sam Amico.
Coming off a season that failed to reach any great heights for Jones, he may elect to take his talents elsewhere in the hope of garnering a more secure role. The Pistons and the Bulls present as positive landing spots, with the Pistons the team more likely to have minutes to spare. Contrary to earlier belief, the Cavaliers do not have any interest in acquiring Jones prior to next season. While this news is far from earth-shattering, Jones could make for a sneaky late-round target if he slides into a more prominent role.
Source: Amico Hoops
October 16, 2020, 12:02 pmDerrick Jones Jr.SF, Miami Heat
Derrick Jones Jr., an impending restricted free agent, is expected to receive interest from teams like the Cavs, Hornets and Hawks, among others, per Shams Charania.
Jones has always been an interesting fantasy player but is stuck in a deep Miami rotation. With the Heat prioritizing long-term flexibility and maintaining cap space to hunt out stars, perhaps Jones is a sacrifice they're willing to make. We've seen stretches of top-100 play in the past, but mostly as a fill-in when other players are injured. Last season Jones averaged 8.6 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.0 steals, 0.7 blocks and 0.6 threes while shooting .527 from the field in 23.4 mpg, so if he were to end up with a larger role on a worse team there's a good chance that Jones would sneak up on many casual fantasy players.
Source: The Athletic
October 16, 2020, 11:44 amGoran DragicPG, Miami Heat
Shams Charania is reporting that the Heat would like to sign Goran Dragic to a short-term deal this offseason.
The Heat are trying to maintain max cap space so they can take a run at Giannis Antetokounmpo and any other big free agent that pops up in the next few years, so flexibility will be the team's top priority. Unsurprisingly, there's mutual interest in a deal here, though it remains to be seen how much more Dragic wants than the team actually offers. Assuming this relationship continues, it's hard to see Dragic emerging with anything more than late-round fantasy value next season given the growth of Kendrick Nunn and Tyler Herro.
Source: The Athletic
October 11, 2020, 10:51 pmDuncan RobinsonF, Miami Heat
Duncan Robinson, hot off a 26-point effort on Friday, cooled off on Sunday and was limited to putting up just 10 points on 3-of-8 shooting with one rebound, three treys and three assists.
Robinson was held in check this time around and it resulted in the Lakers claiming an easy Game 6 victory and with it, the 2020 NBA title. Backcourt mate Tyler Herro was also noticeably quiet tonight with seven points on 3-of-10 shooting, three rebounds, four assists, one triple and one steal. Simply put, the Lakers’ role-players showed out those of Miami with the likes of Rajon Rondo and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope chipping in 19 and 17 points, respectively. That said, both Robinson and Herro have had strong eye-opening regular season and playoff performances in 2019-20, making them intriguing mid-to-late round draft targets in fantasy come 2020-21.
October 11, 2020, 10:45 pmGoran DragicPG, Miami Heat
Goran Dragic was able to return to the court for Game 6 on Sunday, despite dealing with a torn left plantar fascia, and was able to see 19 minutes off the bench and produce five points (2-of-8 shooting), five rebounds, two assists and one steal.
Dragic wanted to be there to give his team hopefully a better chance at winning Game 6, but the Lakers had other plans and dominated the game early on and snowballed an early lead to claim victory in dominant fashion. It stands to question as to whether Dragic will be back with the Heat next season, but his strong play for them in the playoffs will be something for the history books, for sure.
October 11, 2020, 10:40 pmBam AdebayoC, Miami Heat
Bam Adebayo led the Heat on Sunday with 25 points (10-of-15 FGs, 5-of-9 FTs), 10 rebounds, five assists and two blocks, but it wasn't enough for his team as they fell to the Lakers in an ugly blowout loss.
Series result aside, Adebayo has been a treat to watch, not only in the Bubble Playoffs, but all throughout the 2019-20 regular season as he elevated his game to new heights. Expect him and the Heat to come back strong in 2020-21, hungrier and hopefully better, maybe even good enough to win the title for themselves.
October 11, 2020, 10:12 pmJimmy ButlerSG, Miami Heat
Jimmy Butler made 5-of-10 shots from the field and 1-of-3 shots from the line as he quietly put up a subdued performance in Sunday's blowout loss to the Lakers with 12 points, seven rebounds, eight assists, one 3-pointer and one block.
Game 6 wound up being a statistically anticlimactic performance from Butler, who was dropping triple-doubles in this series like they were nothing. That said, broken dreams aside, Butler, this particular Heat squad, and their performance in these unique playoffs will be remembered for years to come.
October 11, 2020, 7:09 pmGabe VincentPG, Miami Heat
Gabe Vincent (right knee soreness) is inactive for Sunday's Game 6 against the Lakers.
Vincent's been listed as questionable for a few weeks now and the Heat have rarely updated his status given his standing in the rotation, but he's out as usual.
Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter
October 11, 2020, 6:37 pmGoran DragicPG, Miami Heat
Goran Dragic (torn left plantar fascia) is on the active roster for Sunday's Game 6.
Dragic was listed as doubtful on the injury report and while active doesn't mean available, this is a positive sign for him. We'll await word from the Heat as to whether or not he'll play, but any minutes Dragic does get will take away from Kendrick Nunn and Tyler Herro. If nothing else, having The Dragon on the bench should be a huge emotional lift for Miami. It's already been confirmed that he's not starting.
Source: Anthony Chiang on Twitter
October 10, 2020, 5:54 pmGabe VincentPG, Miami Heat
Gabe Vincent (right knee soreness) has been listed as questionable for Game 6 on Sunday vs. the Lakers.
Nothing to see here. Vincent is not in the rotation, even when healthy.
Source: NBA Injury Report
October 10, 2020, 5:52 pmGoran DragicPG, Miami Heat
Goran Dragic (torn left plantar fascia) remains doubtful for Game 6 vs. the Lakers on Sunday.
This is basically what we had expected based on recent news. Dragic suffered the injury during the Game 1 loss and while he attempted to warm up for Game 4, he was in obvious pain and barring a miracle, his season is likely done.
Source: NBA Injury Report
October 9, 2020, 11:54 pmBam AdebayoC, Miami Heat
Bam Adebayo was relatively quiet in Friday's Game 5 win over the Lakers, posting just 13 points on 5-of-12 shooting with four rebounds, four assists and one blocked shot in 38 minutes on the floor.
Adebayo was taken off the injury list prior to this game, so we know he is healthy. Credit does go to the Lakers defense, which has been tenacious and consciously focusing its energy on both Adebayo and Jimmy Butler throughout this series. He's going to need a bigger contribution if the Heat want to even up the series in Game 6 on Sunday.
October 9, 2020, 11:50 pmJimmy ButlerSG, Miami Heat
Jimmy Butler brought it all in Friday's must-win affair vs. the Lakers, pouring in a 35-point triple-double in another epic clash with his series rival, LeBron James, leading the Heat to a 111-108 victory in Game 5.
Butler was on his A-game, hitting 11-of-19 shots from the field and a perfect 12-for-12 run at the line for his 35 markers. He also added 12 boards, 11 dimes, five steals, one 3-pointer and one blocked shot to complete an overall epic performance. Nothing less can be expected from one of the league's fiercest competitors. Count on him to lay it all on the line once again in Game 6 as he tries to keep the Heat's championship hopes alive yet again.
October 9, 2020, 11:46 pmDuncan RobinsonF, Miami Heat
Duncan Robinson woke up in Friday's Game 5 win, shooting the lights out of the Lakers with seven made 3-pointers en route to his series-high 26 points on 8-of-13 shooting.
This is exactly the kind of game the Heat needed from Robinson tonight, lights-out shooting and engaged effort on the defensive end. He's been quiet for the most part of the series, but a game like this can do wonders for a player's confidence level, so the Lakers better watch out for him in Game 6.
October 9, 2020, 5:16 pmGoran DragicPG, Miami Heat
Goran Dragic (torn left plantar fascia) will miss Friday's Game 5 against the Lakers, per Shams Charania.
Dragic was initially listed as doubtful and appeared to be in great pain the last time we saw him try to warm up to play. It's a shame that his first Finals appearance resulted in such a quick injury, and he'll have to hope that the Heat can extend the series tonight to give him another shot at taking the court.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter