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  • Goran Dragic
    PG, Miami Heat

    Goran Dragic (rest) missed Thursday's practice with the Heat for rest purposes.

    Dragic played in just 36 games last season, so it is understandable that the team would want to manage his reps in the early going. The starting PG for the Heat makes for a worthy late-round pick in fantasy drafts.

    Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter

  • James Johnson
    PF, Miami Heat

    James Johnson missed a third consecutive day of Heat training camp on Thursday due to conditioning.

    The Heat are dedicated to bringing in a new culture after falling short of the playoffs last year, and Johnson is the first victim. With Johnson and Kelly Olynyk out, Derrick Jones Jr. has been getting valuable practice time and is worth keeping an eye on.

    Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter

  • Kelly Olynyk
    C, Miami Heat

    Kelly Olynyk has not returned to training camp with the Heat yet due to a bone bruise in his right knee.

    Olynyk is expected to return at some point during the preseason. He's likely to start at power forward for the Heat. Olynyk averaged 10.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.8 assists last season despite starting less than half the season.

    Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter

  • James Johnson
    PF, Miami Heat

    Forward James Johnson remained away from the Heat on Wednesday during the team's second day of training camp.

    JJ has not been with the team since Monday's conditioning measurements were conducted by the team. Coach Erik Spoelstra, who has declined further comment, said Tuesday of him, "He is still very much a part of our team and we hope to get him back soon." The Heat are also without Kelly Olynyk, who is recovering from a bruised right knee sustained while working in August with the Canadian national team. Hard to see how this situation plays out but Johnson is likely to return to the team soon, especially since he has a $242K bonus in his contract for body fat percent and weight requirement.

    Source: Miami Sentinel

  • James Johnson
    PF, Miami Heat

    The Heat announced this morning that James Johnson will miss the beginning of training camp because he fell short of conditioning requirements and that once he fulfills and maintains those requirements, he will rejoin the team.

    Heat President Pat Riley and team captain Udonis Haslem insisted entering training camp that the team would return to its culture of demanding excellence and the early signs validate that. It is not the first time the team has issued such mandates. In 2006, in the wake of the franchise's first championship, Riley, then coach, banished forwards Antoine Walker and James Posey from the practice floor due to conditioning issues. JJ had received a lot of praise from Erik Spoelstra and his teammates the last week but this is a major setback in his effort to claim the starting power forward position. Kelly Olynyk and Derrick Jones Jr. should be considered to be ahead of Johnson in the depth chart for now.

    Source: Miami Sun-Sentinel

  • Jimmy Butler
    SG, Miami Heat

    Erik Spoelstra has agreed to a long-term extension with the Heat.

    Spoelstra is heading into his 12th season as head coach and has built a culture during his tenure. He had one year left on his deal and now it's one less distraction to a team and organization who is looking to bypass a rebuilding process by trading for Jimmy Butler.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Goran Dragic
    PG, Miami Heat

    President Pat Riley said the Heat will start Goran Dragic at point guard.

    After Justise Winslow said he wanted to start at point guard, Pat Riley fined him and gave the starting nod to Dragic. Dragic struggled with his right knee last season and only played 36 games. At 33 years old, Dragic may continue to see his minutes reduced as the team looks to preserve his legs and play Winslow more at point guard as the season progresses. Winslow averaged a career-high 4.3 assists last season and will look to improve on that for this coming season. Both players are worth a late-round pick.

    Source: Anthony Chiang on Twitter

  • Kelly Olynyk
    C, Miami Heat

    Kelly Olynyk (bone bruise in knee) is still rehabbing from the knee injury he suffered while playing for Team Canada this summer.

    It's best that Olynyk just continues to recover rather than rush back for training camp. His spot on the roster is pretty secure and he's shown before that he can have fantasy value even in limited minutes. He's worth taking with a late round flier in deeper leagues.

    Source: Anthony Chiang on Twitter

  • Bam Adebayo
    C, Miami Heat

    Former NBA All-Star Chris Bosh gave high praise for Bam Adebayo on Tuesday, saying he thinks Adebayo can be "one of the best big man in the league."

    The opportunity has never been better for the 22 year-old center, who steps in to a huge role with Hassan Whiteside changing coasts for the Blazers. Adebayo averaged 8.9 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 2.2 assists in 23.3 minutes last season. Add him to your queue on draft night.

    Source: Miami Herald

  • Chris Paul
    PG, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Though the Thunder are prepared to open the season with Chris Paul as a "veteran star and leader," Shams Charania is reporting that the Heat have "a level of interest" in CP3.

    The Heat and Paul were said to have mutual interest back when CP3 was first traded to Oklahoma City but the teams couldn't work out a deal. It is now expected that Miami will play out the start of the season and see how things are going before they make a big play for Paul, as acquiring his three years and $124 million would require a trade of major contracts. A deal would certainly improve Paul's fantasy outlook but as it stands he figures to stay on the cusp of early-round production as long as he's on the court, even for a Thunder team that's looking to the future.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Daryl Macon
    PG, Miami Heat

    The Heat have signed Daryl Macon.

    Macon getting picked up by another NBA squad after a solid Summer League campaign is not a shocker. If he were to crack the rotation he would post a nice assist rate, but it is unlikely Macon will be getting playing time unless something goes terribly wrong for the Heat this season.

    Source: NBA

  • Yante Maten
    PF, Miami Heat

    The Celtics are signing F Yante Maten to an Exhibit 10 contract on Tuesday.

    Maten had a strong season with the Skyforce in the G-League last year averaging 23.5 points and 9.6 rebounds per game. He was also productive in Summer League action with the Heat this summer.

    Source: Adam Himmelsbach on Twitter

  • Mychal Mulder
    PG, Miami Heat

    The Heat have announced the signing of guard Mychal Mulder.

    Mulder played last season with the Windy City Bulls of the G-League and averaged 8.8 points in Summer League this year. He has good range but is unlikely to contribute much at the NBA level in 2019-20.

    Source: Miami Heat

  • Tyler Herro
    PG, Miami Heat

    According to Ira Winderman, rookie Tyler Herro is unlikely to start for the Heat at the beginning of the season.

    The Heat drafted Herro out of Kentucky with the 13th pick of the 2019 NBA Draft. Dion Waiters should be the primary shooting guard at the outset. However, expect Herro to get plenty of opportunities to contribute.

    Source: Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel