Heat news: Dion Waiters expected to be ready for training camp
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Dion Waiters expected to be ready for training camp

Dion Waiters, Heat

The Miami Heat have not had their main players healthy the last couple of years, and it’s certainly cost them when it came down to the playoffs. Last year, Dion Waiters missed most of the season due to a season-ending ankle injury. Waiters, who also dealt with the same ankle injury in the 2016-17 season that allowed him to play just 46 games, was only able to play 30 games in the 2017-18 season.

According to Shandel Richardson, Waiters is getting closer to a return to the court and is expected to be ready for the Heat’s training camp in September.

One guy who is certainly excited for Waiters’ return is one Hassan Whiteside, who also had to deal with a number of injuries last season.

“I’m excited about coming back healthy this year and having Dion coming back healthy,” Whiteside said.

Waiters was well on his way to a career year two seasons ago when he averaged 15.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 0.9 steals, and 1.8 three-pointers per game on 42.4 percent shooting from the field and 39.5 percent shooting from beyond the arc. In his 30 appearances last season, Waiters averaged 14.3 points, 2.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 0.8 steals per game on just 39.8 percent shooting from the field and 30.6 percent from beyond the arc.

Should the Heat be able to remain healthy next season, they should be able to make a strong run for a playoff spot in what is expected to be a wide open Eastern Conference now that LeBron James has departed Cleveland for the Los Angeles Lakers.