The National Basketball Players Association again is going to bat for suspended Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters, appealing his ongoing suspension, just as they have his previous two, a party familiar with the appeal confirmed to the Sun Sentinel. As was the case with the appeal for Waiters’ Oct. 23 opening-night suspension and then his 10-game suspension that ended on Nov. 29, the current appeal is not with the intention of getting the 28-year-old guard back on the court ahead of the end of the current six-game sanction that ends Dec. 23, but rather to recoup part or all of the lost wages.
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Waiters, who has not played for the Heat this season, has lost $83,500 for each of the 17-games he has been suspended, $1.42 million total. As a matter of perspective, that is equal to the season salary being earned by the Heat’s Kendrick Nunn and Duncan Robinson this season. Whether the appeals are heard concurrently or individually, the appeal process is not expected to take place for months. The union did have the right to expedite the appeals of the two latest suspensions, but bypassed the opportunity, limited in the amount of times it can request expedited appeals for its entire membership.
A source on Sunday confirmed to The Miami Herald that the boat incident was a factor in this latest suspension but not the only one. There have been more than a half dozen team violations by Waiters this season, including complaining on the bench during the preseason finale, refusing to do a required weigh-in and several inappropriate posts on social media.
Jordan McPherson: Spo on if there’s any update on the Dion Waiters suspension outside of last night’s press release: “Nothing.” #HeatTwitter
Chris Mannix: Miami’s Dion Waiters has been suspended without pay for “his failure to adhere to team policies, violation of team rules and continued insubordination,” per team. Waiters eligible to return after Heat play Utah on December 23rd.
The National Basketball Players Association has formally filed an appeal for the wages lost by guard Dion Waiters due to his 10-game suspension for what the Miami Heat deemed “conduct detrimental to the team,” the Sun Sentinel has confirmed through a source involved in the process.
The Sun Sentinel also has confirmed that Waiters previously appealed his suspension for the Heat’s Oct. 23 season-opening victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. The appeals do not include an attempt to reclaim the $1.2 million that Waiters has missed out for appearing in at least 70 games of the 82-game schedule.
Without mentioning any specifics to his Miami situation, Waiters acknowledged his frustration about the way the early season unfolded. He had lost a starting spot and minutes to rookies Tyler Herro and Kendrick Nunn. The team suspended him for its opener for “conduct detrimental to the team” after he took to social media to criticize the way the Heat used him. He is coming off a serious ankle injury and believes, he said, that he is ready and able to help his team win. “I’m a competitor. Any time you work hard and you envision something a certain way and it’s not going as you planned and you see it, you know, you go back to the drawing board and you figure it out. That’s what it’s about – figuring it out,” he said. “So continue to work, always stay confident. Just having the right people in your corner make things a lot easier. (It’s) being a competitor and wanting to play and me being healthy. Because you set goals. It’s taking a little longer but I still got those same goals, that same ambition. It’s not the end of my story.”
With Dion Waiters in the early stages of a 10-game Heat suspension, there have been conflicting reports about his future with the team. Two South Florida reporters have speculated that he has played his last game for the Heat, whereas The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported that “the Heat are going to welcome him back after this 10-game absence.” Charania said: “The Heat has let Dion Waiters know we need you back in this rotation. We want you to come back and earn your stripes.”
So which of these reports is the truth? 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.
Anthony Chiang: Udonis Haslem on Dion Waiters suspension: “A statement has been made by the organization, so that’s what it is. As far as health wise, I’m just glad my guy is OK.”
Tim Reynolds: This needs to be made very clear: Dion Waiters wasn’t suspended SOLELY for the edible. It’s an accumulation of incidents that go far beyond – though include – Thursday night and his anger/lashing out over playing time in the preseason.
Tim Reynolds: Heat on Dion: “We are very disappointed in Dion’s actions this season that include the very scary situation on Thursday night, and grateful that the outcome wasn’t worse.”
Ira Winderman: Important to note: The Waiters suspension has nothing to do with a possible violation of the NBA drug policy. That only is adminstered by the league. This does, however, include social-media posts by Waiters and interaction with the staff, including Erik Spoelstra.
Bobby Marks: Despite Dion Waiters not eligible for his games played bonus, Miami will not receive $1.2M in relief in relation to the hard cap. Bonuses are not calculated until after the season even if the criteria is not met during the season.
Shams Charania: Miami’s Dion Waiters has been suspended 10 games without pay, league sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium.
Shams Charania: The Heat believe Waiters was given the “gummy” by a teammate, but Waiters has been reluctant and has decided not to say who provided it, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Waiters has had a tumultuous series of events with Miami this season.
Ira Winderman: The Miami Heat have suspended guard Dion Waiters 10 games for “conduct detrimental to the team.” The suspension began with Friday night’s loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, when Waiters was not with the team for the game at Staples Center.
Bobby Marks: Here are the finances on the Dion Waiters 10-game suspension: $834,483- suspended pay Waiters is now ineligible for a $1.2M bonus for games played (70+)
Barry Jackson: Dion Waiters will be available to play tomorrow Vs Houston for first time since suspension, per Heat
Ira Winderman: Dion Waiters reinstated, won’t be in uniform Tonight vs. Hawks …
Dion Waiters is back with the Miami Heat, though it remains unclear when he will make his on-court season debut. Waiters is on the inactive list for Tuesday’s home game against the Atlanta Hawks, Miami’s fourth contest of the season — and the fourth that the shooting guard has missed. “He will work out, he will not be active and then we’ll take it from there,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Tuesday.
“Enough’s been said about it,” Spoelstra said. “We’ll take it day by day.” Since the suspension was for one game, Waiters has lost $83,448 of his $12.1 million salary. But he stands to miss out on much more at this rate, since his contract carries a bonus of just over $1 million for appearing in 70 games this season. After not playing Tuesday, the most Waiters could play in this year is 78. Given his recent history, that seems unlikely. Waiters is in his fourth season with the Heat and has never made more than 46 appearances in a year since coming to Miami. Tuesday’s game will be the 250th Heat contest since he joined the club, and the 130th he has missed — largely because of ankle injuries and surgery on his ankle and foot.
Ira Winderman: The Dion Waiters situation has been clarified: His suspension is over, but he will not travel with the team for games this weekend in Milwaukee and Minnesota. He is expected to rejoin the team Monday.
Tim Reynolds: Udonis Haslem on Dion Waiters: “Dion’s our brother. Hope he gets back as soon as possible. I love Dion.”
Shandel Richardson: Erik Spoelstra will offer no further comment on Dion Waiters. Heat sticking with statement from Pat Riley
Tim Reynolds: Source: Heat suspending Dion Waiters for season opener, possibly longer.
Surya Fernandez: Heat suspending Dion Waiters for one game. “There were a number of unacceptable incidents this week, culminating with his unprofessional conduct on the bench last night,” said HEAT President Pat Riley. “As a consequence, I feel we had to suspend him.”
Bobby Marks: The one game Dion Waiters suspension will cost the guard $83,448. There is no tax relief since it was a team issued suspension.
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