Heat on lockdown regarding Dion Waiters' health situation

Jose Verdugo
Noviembre 10, 2019

"If not, I'm playing", James told ESPN as he knocked on the wooden façade of his locker after the Lakers' 95-80 win over the Miami Heat on Friday night. Former players of the franchise have good reason to be proud as the team appears to have wholeheartedly embraced the Heat culture.

Waiters made his way back to Miami with the team after their loss to the Lakers on Friday night, but at this point, his status moving forward is unclear.

"Talk to my coaches", James said.

Beyond that, there are just questions, ones the Heat have yet to address.

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The Heat suspended Waiters for their season opener last month for "conduct detrimental to the team" after he expressed frustration about his role on the team on social media.

When Spoelstra was asked after the game about the "gummies" report he walked away and said no comment. He also registered three consecutive triple-doubles in the Lakers' most recent three-game road trip. Think of it like this: If all the current National Basketball Association rosters were dismantled and each team was to draft from a pool of players in today's National Basketball Association, but for only this season, what would the top ten picks be?

With a 6-3 record, one of the best in the Eastern Conference, the Heat are off to a strong start to the 2019-20 season. With the emergence of rookies Kendrick Nunn and Tyler Herro the Heat have not really needed Waiters on the court, and if he misses four more games he will not get a $1.2 million performance bonus that is part of his contract.

The concern obviously rests with Waiters' health, but the Heat certainly can't be too happy with these developments, especially considering there have apparently been several other incidents this year that led up to his earlier suspension. There is not going to be a lot of demand for his services right now.

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