Dion Waiters Rumors

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Dion Waiters
Dion Waiters
Position: G
Born: 12/10/91
Height: 6-4 / 1.93
Weight:214 lbs. / 97.5 kg.
Salary: $12,100,000
“I’ve had conversations with Dion. He was hurt. He was playing hurt for a year and a half for the most part,” Riley said. “I’m glad he had the surgery. I hope the surgery is 100 percent successful. “You got a very talented 26-year-old player that still wants to make his mark and we don’t have to go out and pay somebody $25 million to get him to play. We’ll see what happens.” Riley’s comments were made in response to questioning about the Heat’s lack of salary-cap space this summer, the current inability to sign a free agent beyond the mid-level exception, and the need for a talent upgrade across the roster.
Asked by host Jalen Rose on the network’s “Get Up!” morning show about Whiteside’s complaints about his minutes and role in the Heat offense during the regular season and playoffs, Waiters said it was a discussion better left in the locker room. “As far as Hassan,” Waiters said, “sometimes I think the best thing to do is just bite your tongue sometimes at the end of the day, because either you’re gonna back it up with your play or then, once again, the internet, like I said, [is] a gift and a curse.”
Sidelined since mid-January ankle surgery, Waiters said it was difficult not to be part of the Heat’s playoff series against his hometown Philadelphia 76ers, a best-of-seven series the Heat lost in five games. “For me, personally, it was tough,” he said, “because that’s something I always dreamed about, just being home, in Philly, in the playoffs, the atmosphere, you know my family, my friends, everybody who watched me grow up, I wasn’t able to partake in that.”
Storyline: Dion Waiters Injury
The Heat was outscored by 75 points with Whiteside on the court during the regular season (second worst on the team behind Dion Waiters) and by 26 points with Whiteside on the court during this playoff series, including minus 14 in Game 5. The Heat is expected to explore a Whiteside trade, with the center due $24.4 million and $27.1 million in the final two years of his contract.
Storyline: Hassan Whiteside Free Agency