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Erik Spoelstra reveals expectations for Dion Waiters this season

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Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra spoke to reporters on Saturday about shooting guard Dion Waiters and what he’ll bring to the team this season.

With the help of David Alexander, who has trained LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul in the past, Waiters lost 20 pounds this offseason and is in the best shape of his life.

After only playing in 74 games the past two seasons due to injury, Waiters is healthy now and eager to help the Heat make the playoffs this season.

Waiters averaged 12.0 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists last season for the Heat while shooting 41.4 percent from the field, 37.7 percent from beyond the arc and just 50.0 percent from the free-throw line. He missed the first 35 games of the season because of the ankle surgery he underwent in the 2017-18 campaign.

Waiters will make $12.1 million in 2019-20. He signed a four-year, $52 million deal with the Heat in the summer of 2017.

Waiters will have to be a microwave scorer off the bench for the Heat to compete in the Eastern Conference. When he’s healthy and engaged, Waiters can light it up.

Miami starting point guard Goran Dragic recently said Waiters looks really explosive in training camp and has been getting into the paint at will. That’s a great sign for the Heat.