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Goran Dragic’s advice to Dion Waiters upon return to Heat practice from 3rd suspension this season

Goran Dragic, Erik Spoelstra, Dion Waiters, Heat

Miami Heat point guard Goran Dragic has some advice for shooting guard Dion Waiters, who returned to practice on Thursday following his third suspension of the season.

Waiters was suspended by the Heat “for his failure to adhere to team policies, violation of team rules and continued insubordination.” Dragic says Waiters needs to put all this drama behind him:

“Just leave those things behind. It’s over,” Dragic said Thursday of his advice to Waiters, via the Miami Herald. “You can’t change it. The only thing you can do now is focus on yourself and your future. Just come in and be ready each day. Work hard, and only good things are going to happen.”

Waiters is under contract with the Heat for $12.1 million this season and $12.7 million next season on the final two years of the four-year, $52 million contract he signed with the Heat back in 2017. Earlier this season, Waiters suffered a panic attack on the Heat charter plane after consuming a THC-infused edible. He hasn’t played a game yet this season..

There are some who believe Waiters will never play in the NBA again. We’ll see if Miami president Pat Riley and head coach Erik Spoelstra give the veteran guard once last shot in South Beach.

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 has career averages of 13.2 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 409 games with the Cleveland CavaliersOklahoma City Thunder and Heat. He was the fourth overall pick in the 2012 draft out of Syracuse.