There’s a chance Dion Waiters has played his last game with Heat
While the Miami Heat have not closed the door on shooting guard Dion Waiters playing for the team again, there is a chance Waiters has played his last game with Miami, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.
Waiters suffered a panic attack on the Heat charter plane after consuming a THC-infused edible. Miami suspended the guard for 10 games due to “conduct detrimental to the team.”
I’m told that the door has not definitively been closed on a Waiters return, but it would take a lot for Waiters to earn the trust needed to return. He would need to be contrite and do absolutely everything right for the Heat to consider playing him again. An injury to a perimeter player could certainly create a path to playing.
Could the Heat never play him again? That’s absolutely a possibility. But they have not made that decision as of this point.
Waiters will soon become ineligible to obtain a $1.2 million bonus that’s tied to playing in at least 70 regular season games. However, the Heat will not receive relief against the hard cap.
The 10-game suspension will cost Waiters $834,483. He’s in the third year of a $52 million contract he signed with the Heat in the summer of 2017.