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Dion Waiters suspended 5 games by Heat

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Dion Waiters has been suspended five games by the Miami Heat for ‘failure to adhere to team policies, violation of team rules and continued insubordination.’

Per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the guard can return after the team’s game on December 23 against the Utah Jazz.

This is the third time this season that the Heat has suspended Waiters.

Last month, the Heat suspended Waiters for 10 games citing conduct detrimental to the team. Reports reveal that Waiters, the fourth overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, suffered a panic attack on Nov.8 as the team was flying to Los Angeles to face the Lakers. The panic attack was said to be caused by over-consumption of THC-infused edibles.

Waiters was also suspended for Miami’s season opener after a series of incidents in the preseason and conflicts with coach Erik Spoelstra. Waiters has not appeared in any of the Heat’s games this season.

Last year, he played 44 games (28 starts) and averaged 12 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists across 25.9 minutes per game.

As of this writing, the Heat sport a 18-6 record for second place in the East. They’ve been putting on an inspired start thus far. Many are surprised by this strong start. Hopefully, they can keep this up despite the issues regarding Waiters.