Report: Heat exploring ways to move on from Dion Waiters
The 2019-20 season has been a publicity nightmare for Miami Heat shooting guard Dion Waiters. Waiters has not yet played due to a trio of suspensions, and according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the Heat are actively exploring ways to move on from the guard. Apparently, every option is “on the table” as Miami tries to do this.
Waiters’ contract currently has him in line to make $12.1 million this season and $12.7 million next year. Noting that Waiters “has been disinclined to accept anything less” than the money that he has due, the two sides could be reaching an impasse when it comes to buyout talks:
“It’s possible Waiters could eventually accept a giving up a bit of the money he’s owed if he grows determined to play this season,” Jackson writes. “One source said he wants to play, but – at this point – not if it means giving up millions of dollars in salary.”
The Heat reportedly have considered trying to void Waiters’ contract, but that would likely trigger a fight with the NBPA. Another option is simply paying Waiters to stay away from the team, which is a scenario he would have to sign off on.
There is currently no trade interest in Waiters, which further complicates the matter.
Miami’s current rotation of players hasn’t exactly paved the way for Waiters to reclaim any kind of role. Sitting third in the Eastern Conference, adding Waiters back to the mix doesn’t appear to be a top priority for the Heat, so it’s looking likely that he won’t play another game for them.