Report: Dion Waiters will be back with Heat after 10-game suspension ends
Miami Heat shooting guard Dion Waiters is expected to return to the team after his 10-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team expires.
Shams Charania of Stadium noted that there “isn’t a buyout on the horizon” for Waiters, and that the 6-foot-4 slasher must “get back into the good graces of the organization” upon his return:
“There isn’t a buyout in the horizon, there is no parting of ways,” said Charania. “He’s got to get back into good graces and really gain back that the Heat foundation has set over the last few years under [president] Pat Riley’s regime.”
NBA Insider @ShamsCharania reports Dion Waiters will return to the Heat when his 10-game team suspension ends after “gummy” incident.
“There isn’t a buyout on the horizon … he has to get back into the good graces of the organization” pic.twitter.com/Hf2sITYa0h
— Stadium (@Stadium) November 11, 2019
Dion Waiters still has $25 million left on his contract for the next two years, an amount the Heat are unlikely to fork up just because of this incident.
The Heat have reportedly let Waiters know that “we need you back in this rotation, we want you to come back and earn your stripes.”
Though actions speak louder than words for this organization. Miami has rookies Tyler Herro and Kendrick Nunn clearly ahead of Waiters, and he has yet to log a single minute of action since the preseason.
Herro and Nunn are deservedly playing as active contributors for the Heat, and as long as neither of them let go of the rope, it’s unlikely that Waiters will suddenly gain back his role as a starter, or as a potential sixth man.
Nunn impressed out of training camp and has worked his way into a starting spot, while Herro is one of the first names called off the bench by coach Erik Spoelstra, who seems to have put Waiters in the doghouse after a series of underperforming games and a history of poor attitude.