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  • Justise Winslow
    SF, Miami Heat

    Justise Winslow said that his plan is to play point guard this season.

    Winslow had a nice run as Miami's PG last season when Goran Dragic was out after bouncing around between positions for a few years. The Heat have already declared Dragic their starter, however, which means that Winslow might have to accept coming off the bench if he wants the bulk of his minutes to come as a point guard. When asked about that possibility, Winslow said, "It's just about winning, really. So that's how I approach it." While playing point guard would likely help Winslow's fantasy value, the decreased playing time would probably cancel that out.

    Source: Anthony Chiang on Twitter

  • Bam Adebayo
    C, Miami Heat

    The Heat have exercised the fourth-year option on Bam Adebayo's rookie contract.

    Adebayo is now signed with the Heat through the 2020-21 season. After playing some with Team USA in their training camp prior the World Cup, Adebayo is looking like a breakout candidate for fantasy this season. He is the clear starting center with Hassan Whiteside in a Blazers uniform. The two centers each averaged 23.3 minutes per game last season so expect Adebayo to eat up quite a bit of Whiteside's minutes heading into this season. Make sure to look for him in your upcoming fantasy drafts.

    Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter

  • Davon Reed
    SG, Miami Heat

    The Heat have signed guard Davon Reed to a training camp deal on Tuesday where he will compete with other players for a two-way contract, per Shandel Richardson of The Athletic.

    Reed, the former 32nd pick in the 2017 NBA draft out of the University of Miami, will likely spend the majority of the season in the G-League should he make the Heat roster. There is no fantasy value here.

    Source: Shandel Richardson on Twitter

  • Kyle Alexander
    C, Miami Heat

    While the Heat looks to be done offering standard contracts this offseason barring a trade, it still has room to sign two players to two-way deals.

    Miami’s roster currently includes 17 players, with three of them, Kyle Alexander, Chris Silva and Jeremiah Martin eligible for two-way contracts. Because the Heat has no room under the hard cap to sign any more players to a standard contract, it’s trying to entice players to sign Exhibit 10 contracts with the expectation that they will have a legitimate chance to earn a two-way contract during training camp. The trio will be among those competing in September for a two-way contract, but even if they make the team, they are far away from having any fantasy value.

    Source: Miami Herald

  • Kelly Olynyk
    C, Miami Heat

    Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN is reporting that Kelly Olynyk will no longer be competing in the World Cup, but will be ready for the start of the regular season.

    Earlier it was reported that Heat doctors were evaluating Olynyk, and they must have concluded that they would rather not have Olynyk risk further injury. This news shouldn't have any impact on Olynyk role this season.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Kelly Olynyk
    C, Miami Heat

    Kelly Olynyk is back in Miami, getting the bone bruise in his knee evaluated by team doctors.

    Heat doctors evaluating Olynyk's knee should put his availability for the rest of the World Cup tournament up in the air, as the team will likely not want Olynyk risking a more severe injury in the summer. We'll await word on what the team finds out in their evaluations.

    Source: Michael Grange on Twitter

  • James Johnson
    PF, Miami Heat

    Despite a disappointing campaign last year, James Johnson still likes his chances with the Heat this upcoming season, "'Doubt at your own risk.'"

    Johnson was slowed by injuries throughout the year, with a May 2018 hernia surgery still delaying him at the opening tip, and being hampered with a mid-season shoulder injury later on in the fantasy season did not help matters. Johnson was a key cog for the Heat two years ago, and has the ability to deliver versatile stat lines. However, Erik Spoelstra has never been afraid to utilize his depth, and it will not be easy for Johnson to carve out a major fantasy role in standard leagues.

    Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter

  • Bam Adebayo
    C, Miami Heat

    According to Marc Stein, both Bam Adebayo and Thaddeus Young have been informed that they will not be continuing onto Los Angeles with the rest of USA Basketball.

    It's a shame that Adebayo did not make the final cut for Team USA, but this should not be looked at as a reflection of his improvement for the 2019-20 season. Adebayo will be in high demand, so be careful not to overdraft him.

    Source: Marc Stein on Twitter

  • Kelly Olynyk
    C, Miami Heat

    Kelly Olynyk is expected to miss about a week after being diagnosed with a bruised knee after taking a hard fall vs. Nigeria on Wednesday.

    This is positive news for Olynyk as he'll continue to play in the World Cup once he returns. Olynyk will be battling James Johnson for the starting PF position for the Heat next season and would be a solid end of the bench guy if he wins the job.

    Source: Michael Grange on Twitter

  • Kelly Olynyk
    C, Miami Heat

    Kelly Olynyk did not return in Team Canada’s Wednesday night win over Team Nigeria.

    There is still no report on either the type or severity of the injury. One would hope that Olynyk can sperate himself from James Johnson as the starting PF for Miami this season, however, if this injury ends up keeping him out for an extended period of time that would certainly hurt that effort.

    Source: Doug Smith on Twitter

  • Kelly Olynyk
    C, Miami Heat

    Kelly Olynyk took a hard fall during an exhibtion game against Nigeria and had to leave the game.

    Olynyk slipped on what seemed like a wet spot on the court and was in obvious pain as he was helped up by his teammates. He hobbled to the locker room and has yet to return since the fall. We will update you once there is more information.

    Source: Michael Grange on Twitter

  • Bam Adebayo
    C, Miami Heat

    Speaking with Tim Reynolds of the AP, Bam Adebayo discussed how he was working on improving his playmaking skills.

    "I've really been honing in on it this summer. [the Heat] have really wanted me to become a playmaker for the team." He went on to say that he would continue that work by looking to be more of a facilitator with Team USA to get ready for training camp. One of the biggest open secrets in fantasy hoops this offseason has been that Bam Adebayo is primed for a breakout season. Working with Team USA should really help him continue to develop his game and the hype train should continue to intensify.

    Source: Tim Reynolds on Twitter

  • Udonis Haslem
    PF, Miami Heat

    Udonis Haslem has re-signed with the Heat for his 17th season.

    Haslem will once again be a veteran presence off the bench for the Heat, in what is likely to be his final year of professional basketball. He is no longer a fantasy contributor at this point in his career.

    Source: Anthony Chiang on Twitter

  • Udonis Haslem
    PF, Miami Heat

    Though Udonis Haslem has not conveyed a final decision, the expectation inside the Heat organization is that the veteran forward will return for a 17th season with the team.

    That expectation of a Haslem return is a major reason why Miami waived Yante Maten last week instead of guaranteeing him another $50,000. If Haslem surprisingly doesn’t accept an invitation to return, the Heat would look at adding one more veteran. Regardless, Haslem’s days as a fantasy contributor are long gone.

    Source: Miami Herald

  • Tyler Herro
    PG, Miami Heat

    Tyler Herro has been working on his defense, hoping it will help increase his playing time.

    Herro said, "We’ve been working hard these last couple of weeks on defense, not just offense". Herro has gained some momentum since his strong Summer League performance. He currently has some deep-league appeal as he is likely to get some minutes off the bench.

    Source: The Athletic