REPORT: Heat suspend Dion Waiters for conduct detrimental to the team
The Miami Heat have suspended Dion Waiters for what they deemed as “conduct detrimental to the team.”
Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium first broke the news. Associated Press NBA Writer Tim Reynolds confirmed the development, citing that Waiters will be able to return on the team on Thursday, Oct. 24.
The official word: The Miami Heat announced that Dion Waiters has been suspended for one game for conduct detrimental to the team. He will be able to return to the team on Thursday.
— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) October 20, 2019
According to Heat president Pat Riley, there were a “number of unacceptable incidents this week” involving Waiters which led to his suspension. Riley specifically cited his “unprofessional conduct” during their final preseason game against the Houston Rockets.
Heat suspending Dion Waiters for one game. “There were a number of unacceptable incidents this week, culminating with his unprofessional conduct on the bench last night,” said HEAT President Pat Riley. “As a consequence, I feel we had to suspend him.”
— Surya Fernandez (@SuryaHeatNBA) October 20, 2019
Waiters has been vocal about his displeasure in being a reserve and playing in limited minutes. In fact, he recently admitted that he’s aware why Erik Spoelstra is not playing him that much, but he reiterated he has no desire to start off the bench.
It’s also something he made clear with his recent social media posts.
Dion isn’t happy pic.twitter.com/RPpcEZ6UrT
— Michael (@MikeThekid7) October 18, 2019
Moreover, it’s worth noting that Waiters missed three preseason games due to “personal reasons.” Perhaps his suspension is related to his recent absence with the team.
Waiters has struggled with his conditioning in recent years, and it has been a big talk in the Heat organization for some time now. In 44 games for Miami last season, Dion averaged 12.0 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game while shooting 41.4 percent from the field, 37.7 percent from deep and a measly 50.0 percent from the free-throw line.