Miami Heat Rumors
Casey Holdahl: Heat injury report: Gabe Vincent (right knee; soreness) is probable; Tyler Herro (right foot; soreness) is questionable; Victor Oladipo (right knee; soreness) and KZ Okpala (health and safety protocols) are out.
Ira Winderman: Dewayne Dedmon says upon arrival that Heat goal is to “fill a defensive void.” sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-h… “I feel like I fit on the defensive end, helping with the rim protection, helping rebound, getting more opportunities for these shooters we’ve got here.”
In a recent piece where he answered questions posed to him from Heat fans, the Sun Sentinel‘s Ira Winderman made it clear that Oladipo is not seen as a max-contract player around the league. “And this was always Part B of the Victor Oladipo equation, that if for any reason, be it injury or productivity, the Heat still could circle back to utilizing cap space, instead of Victor’s Bird Rights, this summer in free agency,” he wrote. “As it is, it is increasingly unlikely that Victor will get anything near a maximum deal this summer, in terms or annual dollars or even years, from the Heat or elsewhere. Thursday’s injury rekindled plenty of questions that never were far removed from the conversation.”
Asked directly on Saturday night if Oladipo will play again this season, coach Erik Spoelstra declined to say. Spoelstra, following the team’s practice in Portland, said he had no update on Oladipo and that the Heat is still in the “information gathering stage right now. I don’t have a new update. He’s not with us on this trip and he won’t be with us [Sunday]. I don’t have any new information.”
He had an MRI on Friday, but the Heat and Oladipo have declined to release the results. X-rays taken after Thursday’s game were negative. Spoelstra declined to discuss his conversation with Oladipo but said “he really wanted to be with us and this team and we really like what he brings to our group. He complements who we are and what we do already so much on both sides of the floor. You do feel for guys, particularly this time of the year. The competition is going to another level. Players want to be out there.”