Injuries continue to hamper Dion Waiters' career. As the 26-year-old guard prepares to get back on the court, it appears that a return on opening night is almost out of the question, the Miami Heat announced via Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Dion Waiters, who is currently rehabbing from foot surgery, will not be available when the team begins training camp on Sept. 25th and is also unlikely to be ready for the start of the regular season on Oct. 17th. Dion will not be returning to the court until the HEAT medical team and training staff deem him healed, rehabbed and physically conditioned for all basketball activities.

Waiters has played some of the best basketball of his career with Miami, but his biggest problem is that he hasn't been able to stay on the court. In two seasons, he has only managed to play in 76 games.

Waiters had season-ending surgery in January and is still working his way back from that injury. Although Heat fans would love to see Waiters in the starting lineup on opening night, Miami's top priority is ensuring he comes back 100 percent healthy. The last thing they want is to rush him back only to injure himself once again.

Miami has depth for the time being after Dwyane Wade decided to return for one final season with the Heat. There's no reason to rush Waiters back. He will be much more valuable in May than he will be in October, so it's smart to take things slow.