Ira Winderman: Injuries keep piling up for Heat. Tonight vs. Suns: James Johnson – Questionable (shoulder) Rodney McGruder – Out (knee) Justise Winslow – Out (knee) Derrick Jones Jr.– Questionable (illness)
The Miami Heat return from the NBA All-Star break for the final 26 games of the regular season with a big boost in point guard Goran Dragic returning to practice from knee injury, along with forward Derrick Jones Jr. Both will travel with the team to Philadelphia and be available for Thursday’s game against the 76ers.
Ira Winderman: For those who held out early hope: Goran Dragic not on this trip with Heat. Derrick Jones Jr. also did not travel.
Tim Reynolds: Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. has been diagnosed with a pair of bone bruises in his right knee, after his scary fall last night in New York. He will be re-evaluated in about six weeks and the Heat are hoping he will play again this season. This could have been much worse.
Miami Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. was helped to the locker room early in the second quarter of Sunday night's game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden after sustaining an apparent leg injury while driving in transition. With Jones, who was fouled on the play, unable to remain in the game, he was disqualified from returning.
Anthony Chiang: Per Heat, Derrick Jones, Jr. has a right knee injury. He will be re-evaluated tomorrow.
Anthony Chiang: Goran Dragic, Tyler Johnson and Derrick Jones Jr. all listed as out for Sunday’s game vs. Jazz.
Tim Reynolds: Spo says Derrick Jones Jr. had some tightness after practice yesterday and the hammy didn’t respond well today. Level of concern: “Too early to tell,” Spo says.
Ira Winderman: Derrick Jones Jr. (stomach flu) questionable for Friday vs. Pacers. Dion Waiters, James Johnson, Dwyane Wade are again out. This is Heat's lone regular-season visit, so unless Heat meet Pacers in playoffs, it means Wade won't play here again unless he changes retirement plans.
Ira Winderman: Dwyane Wade is listed as out for Friday's game, in the wake of the birth of his daughter. Derrick Jones Jr. also is listed as out due to a bruised right knee. Goran Dragic is questionable due to a sore right knee.
Ira Winderman: Spoelstra says Winslow, Jones and Ellington will play tonight. Duncan Robinson is not with the team tonight, on his two-way contract.
Ira Winderman: MRI Wednesday on Derrick Jones Jr. came back negative, as did X-ray immediately after Tuesday's frightening tumble. So still listed with bruised right shoulder. Expectation is he will be out Friday in Washington.
Anthony Chiang: Derrick Jones Jr. took a hard fall on a tip-in attempt. He's down holding his shoulder. Does not look good at all.
Ira Winderman: Per Heat: Derrick Jones, Jr. (bruised right shoulder) will not return to tonight's preseason game vs the Hornets. X-Rays returned negative.
Manny Navarro: Eric Glass says Derrick Jones Jr. (Sprained right ankle) is out Tuesday. No word yet if he will play again in summer league. Bam Adebayo expected to play Tuesday.
July 1, 2022 | 5:36 am EDT Update
It’s no coincidence the two franchises Durant has eyed represent some kind of stability and competitive consistency, with the Phoenix Suns and Miami Heat being atop his list. For all the influence Durant perhaps craved and was granted in Brooklyn, he’s a hooper first and second — with the game being the main thing with #HeatCulture and in the Suns’ building. Sources told Yahoo Sports wanting to play alongside Devin Booker is a main motivation, along with the possibility of being slated next to Miami’s resident hard-ass Jimmy Butler — two players whose attendance is rarely questioned.
Joe Ingles agreed to a one-year deal with the Bucks, as announced by his wife on Twitter. I had heard and thought there was a chance Portland would bring him back despite his age and recent knee injury, but they have too many other moving parts right now for that to make sense. He’ll have to settle for being on the Mount Rushmore of Blazers legends alongside Festus Ezeli, Anderson Varejao and Mehmet Okur.
July 1, 2022 | 2:47 am EDT Update
When the two-time NBA Finals MVP made it known he wanted to be traded out of Brooklyn, expected business quickly fell by the wayside as teams tried to reposition themselves to at least make an offer. According to a source, the Bulls were a part of those phone calls, despite Durant reportedly having the Heat and Suns among his desired destinations — and despite the reality that the Bulls don’t have the type of high-profile player or quality of draft picks the Nets were looking for in a trade package.
Phoenix has the kinds of players who might make this a win-win for all involved — namely, Suns small forward Mikal Bridges and restricted free agent center DeAndre Ayton. In the days before Irving’s choice to opt-in, sources close to Ayton had raised this possibility of an Ayton-Bridges deal being very much on their radar. At that time, however, it was unclear whether Durant was going to ask out.