Miami Heat Player News: All Positions

News: Dragic has exercised his $19.2 million player option for 2019-20, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Dragic, who will be entering his age 33 season, appeared in just 36 games last season due to injury. Even though he was named an All-Star in 2017-18, his $19.2 million option represents a number that is likely significantly above market value. Dragic figures to open next season as the favorite for the Heat's starting point guard job.
News: Robinson scored 15 points (5-12 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 2-3 FT) and added five rebounds, three assists and two steals in 36 minutes Wednesday against Brooklyn.
Impact: Robinson had the finest performance of his season Wednesday, topping double-digits scoring for the first time this year. The rookie forward's played sparingly, averaging 8.9 minutes, 2.5 points and 1.0 rebound across 14 games. Despite the lack of playing time, Robinson inked a deal Wednesday that will keep him in Miami for the foreseeable future.
News: Haslem finished with 12 points (6-17 FG, 0-6 3Pt), 11 rebounds and two assists across 29 minutes during Wednesday's loss to the Nets.
Impact: Although he wasn't effective from the field, Haslem managed to finish with his first double-double of the season. The 15-year vet played sparingly, seeing action in just nine contests this year. At this point, it's unclear if Haslem will retire this offseason, but if he chooses to, he'll finish with averages of 7.6 points and 6.7 rebounds for his career.
News: Wade amassed 25 points (10-28 FG, 3-13 3Pt, 2-3 FT), 11 rebounds, 10 assists and a block in 36 minutes during Wednesday's loss to the Nets.
Impact: Wade came through with his 5th-career triple-double and had several highlight reel plays in his final NBA game. Although he didn't shoot the ball particularly well over his final two games, Wade was on an absolute tear to end his career, averaging 25.0 points, 5.25 assists and 5.0 rebounds over his last four games. The Heat legend will end his career with averages of 22.0 points, 5.4 assists, 4.7 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 0.8 blocks.
News: Adebayo will come off the bench for Wednesday's game against the Nets, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reprots.
Impact: Adebayo's ceding his starting role to veteran Udonis Haslem for Wednesday's season finale. While he'll likely be in a reduced role Wednesday, Adebayo remains the top option at center for the Heat.
News: Wade will start Wednesday's game against the Nets, Shandel Richardson of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Wade will join the starters for the final time in his career. He will see a smaller workload than he did Tuesday, when he played 35 minutes.
News: Haslem will start Wednesday's season finale against the Nets, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Impact: The veteran center will close out potentially the last season of his career alongside longtime teammate Dwyane Wade. Haslem's played sparingly this year and is averaging just 1.4 points and 1.8 rebounds in 5.0 minutes across nine games.
News: Wade will play fewer minutes Wednesday against the Nets than he did during his final home game Tuesday against the 76ers, Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald reports.
Impact: In what will be the final game of his career, Wade is unlikely to crack 30 minutes. His lasting effort will be the 30 points he scored during Tuesday's home victory over the 76ers.
News: Haslem reiterated after Tuesday's 122-99 win over the 76ers that he's uncertain if he will return in 2019-20 for a 17th NBA season, Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald reports.
Impact: Reports earlier in the season suggested Haslem was planning on stepping away from the game this summer, but the 38-year-old apparently hasn't made up his mind yet. In recognition that Tuesday might have marked Haslem's last home game, coach Erik Spoelstra played the veteran for 10 minutes -- his most of the season and first game action since March 13. Haslem finished with seven points (2-7 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 3-4 FT) and four boards and subbed out of the game with 1:02 remaining, getting a standing ovation from the crowd along with the retiring Dwyane Wade. Haslem is expected to dress for Wednesday's season finale in Brooklyn but isn't certain to play.
News: Nunn reached agreement on a contract Wednesday with the Heat, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Impact: Nunn will assume the final opening on the Heat roster that was vacated following the release of Rodney McGruder, who was later claimed off waivers by the Clippers. After going undrafted out of Oakland last June, Nunn attended training camp with the Warriors and spent his first professional season with Golden State's G League affiliate, the Santa Cruz Warriors. The 6-foot-3 guard could see action if he joins the Heat in Brooklyn ahead of its season finale Wednesday against the Nets, but his main evaluation is likely to come during summer league and training camp.
News: Richardson (groin) is listed as out for Wednesday's season finale against the Nets.
Impact: Even if the Heat were still in the hunt for a playoff spot heading into Wednesday, Richardson would have been a long shot to suit up after it was estimated he would require at least two weeks of healing time when he strained his hip earlier this month. The team's elimination from the postseason makes it an easy choice for the Heat to shutter Richardson for what has been a somewhat frustrating season. While he wraps up the campaign with career-best averages in points (16.6 per game), assists (4.1), rebounds (3.6) and three-pointers (2.2), Richardson saw his efficiency from the field take a major hit and while also experiencing a downturn in his steal and block rate.
News: Wade scored a game-high 30 points (10-23 FG, 4-10 3Pt, 6-6 FT) while adding three rebounds, three assists and a block in 35 minutes during Tuesday's 122-99 win over the 76ers.
Impact: Despite the victory, the Heat were eliminated from the postseason when the Pistons won in Memphis. That didn't take away from the festive atmosphere for the final home game of Wade's career, and the future Hall of Famer gave the Miami crowd one last thrill with a vintage performance. He's going out on a high note, averaging 21.8 points, 4.8 assists, 4.2 boards and 2,2 three-pointers through five games in April.
News: Waiters will come off the bench Tuesday against the 76ers, Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald reports.
Impact: Coach Erik Spoelstra is giving Dwyane Wade the start in what will be his final home game. Waiters gets pushed to the bench as a result.
News: Wade will draw the start at shooting guard for Tuesday's matchup against the 76ers, Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press reports.
Impact: With the East's final playoff spot still up for grabs, this could potentially be Wade's final home game in Miami. Thus, it is not surprising the the Heat have opted to give him the starting nod. It is unclear who he will be replacing in the starting unit at this point, but Dion Waiters figures to be the most likely candidate. The Heat finish their regular season Wednesday in Brooklyn.
News: Robinson has signed a standard contract with the Heat, Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald reports.
Impact: After waiving Rodney McGruder, this move brings the Heat's roster up to 14 players. Robinson has seen double-digit minutes for Miami just five times this season, averaging 4.2 points and 1.6 rebounds in those contests.
News: Maten agreed Sunday with the Heat on a standard, two-year contract extension worth up to $3.1 million, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.
Impact: The deal will take effect after the season, when his one-year, two-way contract is set to expire. Maten has yet to make his NBA debut, but the Heat saw enough potential in the forward based on his G League production to bring him aboard the 15-man roster in place of Rodney McGruder, who was waived. In 30 games with the Sioux Falls Skyforce this season, Maten averaged 23.5 points (on 53.8 percent shooting from the field), 9.6 boards, 1.8 assists and 1.1 blocks per contest. Maten's contract for 2020-21 will become fully guaranteed if he's on the roster for opening night during the upcoming season.
News: Winslow contributed 15 points (6-18 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 2-3 FT), seven rebounds, six assists and two steals across 34 minutes in Sunday's 117-109 loss to the Raptors.
Impact: Winslow did a little bit of everything in the overtime loss, however he is just 12-for-33 in his last two games shooting. While he picks up the slack in other ways, his offensive inefficiencies have undoubtedly cost the Heat possessions, and in critical games near the end of the season, it makes a big difference.
News: Waiters collected 17 points (6-16 FG, 5-12 3Pt), four rebounds and two assists across 33 minutes in Sunday's 117-109 loss to the Raptors.
Impact: Waiters made six shots on Sunday, five of them being behind the arc, which is where he was shooting from more often than not. His inefficiency inside and plethora of missed threes left more to be desired, especially in a critical game that went to overtime.
News: Johnson totaled 18 points (6-11 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 5-6 FT), five assists, four rebounds, one steal and one block across 31 minutes in Sunday's 117-109 loss to the Raptors.
Impact: Johnson now has back-to-back double-digit point games after failing to reach that threshold in the five contests prior. Despite his recent heat surge, the Heat have just two games left after the overtime loss, and it might be too late.
News: Wade tallied 21 points (7-14 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 3-3 FT), five assists and three rebounds across 33 minutes in Sunday's 117-109 loss to the Raptors.
Impact: Wade continues to come off the bench and produce, averaging 18.5 points over his last seven games. Even with his scoring efforts, Wade and the Heat fell in overtime, leaving their playoff chances dim as the season comes to a close.
News: Adebayo had eight points (4-6 FG), four rebounds, and four steals in 32 minutes during Friday's 111-109 loss to the Timberwolves.
Impact: Adebayo matched his career high steal total while earning twice as many minutes as Hassan Whiteside. Apart from the takeaways, Adebayo didn't make much of an impact in the box score during this one. With the Heat currently sitting in ninth place in the Eastern Conference, Adebayo and company will need to finish strong in order to avoid missing the playoffs.
News: Dragic delivered 15 points (6-13 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 2-3 FT), nine assists, seven rebounds, and four steals in 38 minutes during Friday's 111-109 loss to the Timberwolves.
Impact: Dragic has snagged at least four steals in two of the last three tilts. Furthermore, he should be expected to remain extremely aggressive offensively across the last three regular season matchups as the Heat try to overcome the absence of Josh Richardson (groin) and reach the playoffs in Dwyane Wade's final campaign.
News: Wade recorded 24 points (8-16 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 7-7 FT), three rebounds, three assists, and one steal in 29 minutes during Friday's 111-109 loss to the Timberwolves.
Impact: Wade has amassed at least 20 points in four of the last 10 games. Moreover, with Josh Richardson (groin) sidelined for the remainder of the regular season, Wade will likely be relied on very heavily as the Heat try to avoid missing the playoffs in this his final year.
News: Winslow tallied 13 points (6-15 FG, 1-6 3Pt), seven rebounds, four assists, one steal, and one block in 37 minutes during Friday's 111-109 loss to the Timberwolves.
Impact: Winslow rejoined the starting lineup in this his second game back in action. The absence of Josh Richardson (groin) going forward means Winslow should be expected to earn no shortage of minutes across the last three regular season matchups.
News: Waiters scored 22 points (8-17 FG, 6-12 3Pt, 0-2 FT) in 33 minutes during Friday's 111-109 loss to the Timberwolves.
Impact: Waiters had been considered probable after having a precautionary MRI on his left knee following Wednesday's loss to the Celtics. While his ailing knee didn't stop him from matching his season high in made threes while scoring 20-plus points for the fourth time in the last six games, Waiters didn't contribute in any of the other categories. With the Heat in need of a strong finish in order to make the playoffs, expect Waiters to remain as aggressive as ever across the final three regular season matchups.
News: Jones (DNP-Coach's Decision) did not see the floor during Friday's 111-109 loss to the Timberwolves.
Impact: Jones missed Wednesday's game against the Celtics due to a knee injury but was cleared to return for this one. Nevertheless, he didn't end up seeing the floor after all, this despite earning a season-high 21.5 minutes per game across 15 matchups in March.
News: Winslow will start in place of Josh Richardson (groin) Friday against Minnesota, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.
Impact: Winslow took the court Wednesday against Boston for the first time since suffering a thigh injury in mid-March. Following a successful return to game action, he'll slot in at small forward for Richardson.
News: Jones (knee) will play in Friday's game against the Timberwolves, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Impact: After not playing in Wednesday's game against Boston with the right knee injury, Jones will be back in action Friday and potentially back in the starting lineup with Josh Richardson (groin) ruled out for the next two weeks. In 14 games as a starter this season, Jones is averaging 7.7 points and 4.2 rebounds across 22.2 minutes per game.
News: Waiters (knee) is available to play in Friday's contest at Minnesota, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Impact: Waiters had an MRI done on his left knee after Wednesday's loss to Boston but the scan revealed nothing of any concern. It's unknown weather or not Waiters may have felt a tweak in his knee or is just experience knee soreness. Nevertheless, Waiters will be fully ready to help the Heat make a playoff push down the stretch in the next coming days.
News: Anderson, due to personal reasons, will be out over the Heat's next two games.
Impact: Anderson hasn't been a regular part of the rotation, so his absence shouldn't affect things much. It's possible he's played his last game of the season already.
News: Jones, who has been diagnosed with a right knee bone bruise, is questionable for Friday's game against the Timberwolves, Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press reports.
Impact: Jones didn't play Wednesday against the Celtics, but it's possible he's back as soon as Friday. We may learn more following the Heat's morning shootaround.
News: Waiters (knee) is considered probable for Friday's game against the Timberwolves, Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald reports.
Impact: Waiters had a precautionary MRI on his left knee following Wednesday's loss to Boston, but the scan showed nothing of concern. The veteran may still be dealing with some soreness Friday, but all indications are that he'll be on the floor as the Heat continue to push for a playoff spot.
News: An MRI on Richardson's groin revealed no structural damage, but he could miss up to two weeks, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Richardson was back in the starting lineup Wednesday against Boston after missing the previous game, but he departed after only 16 minutes of action and was quickly ruled out for the remainder of the game. While the versatile wing looks to have avoided a serious injury, it couldn't come at a worse time for Miami, which enters Thursday on the wrong end of a tie with Orlando for the final playoff spot in the East. With only four games to play, it's unlikely Richardson will be back on the floor before the end of the regular season, though if the Heat are able to make the playoffs, he could make his return early in Round 1.
News: Richardson will not return to Wednesday's game against the Celtics after leaving with a left leg injury.
Impact: The severity of the injury is unknown at this time, with more information likely to come out following Wednesday's action. For now, he should be considered questionable for Friday's game against the Timberwolves. If he is forced to miss more time, Rodney McGruder and Dwyane Wade could see larger roles.
News: McGruder (knee) is available Wednesday against the Celtics, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Impact: McGruder has been out since March 18 while dealing with left knee soreness, but he's finally available to make his return. Since the new year, he's averaged 4.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.0 assist in 17.6 minutes.
News: Winslow (thigh) will play in Wednesday's game against the Celtics, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Impact: After nearly three weeks on the sideline with a lingering thigh injury, Winslow will be back in action for Wednesday's rematch with Boston. Following a lengthy absence, however, head coach Erik Spoelstra said that Winslow likely will not play a full workload Wednesday, so look for him to be eased back into the rotation.
News: Richardson (heel) will play Wednesday against the Celtics, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Impact: Richardson has missed the past three games due to a bruised left heel, but he'll make his return Wednesday. He'll presumably re-join the starting five.
News: Richardson (heel) is questionable for Wednesday's matchup versus the Celtics, Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald reports.
Impact: There was concern that Richardson, who has been dealing with a left bruised heel for the past week, would miss at least the remainder of the regular season, so appearing on the injury report as questionable is a good sign of a possible return. With the Heat battling for a playoff spot over the course of the next five games, the team may elect to rush Richardson back as soon as possible; Richardson will likely be a game-time decision Wednesday.
News: McGruder (knee) is considered questionable for Wednesday's game against the Celtics, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Impact: McGruder didn't join the Heat for their two-game road swing, but there's some hope that he'll be able to make his return after missing the last eight contests. Look for a more definitive update after shootaround Wednesday morning.
News: Winslow (thigh) is questionable for Wednesday's game against the Celtics, Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald reports.
Impact: Winslow hasn't played since March 15 against Milwaukee due to a hampering thigh injury, a string of nine straight outings. However, the Duke product appears to be recovering just fine and could possible return in time for the Heat's next contest against the Celtics on Wednesday. If, for some reason, Winslow is deemed inactive for the matchup, Goran Dragic will likely start once again.
News: Jones (knee) won't be available for Wednesday's game against Boston, Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald reports.
Impact: Jones exited Monday's matchup with Boston following a right knee injury, and although there's been no further news on the issue, the team has ruled him out for Wednesday. James Johnson should fill in with Jones on the shelf.
News: Olynyk registered 14 points (4-11 FG, 3-10 3Pt, 3-3 FT), six rebounds, an assist, two steals and a block over 40 minutes Monday against the Celtics.
Impact: Olynyk contributed across the board and led the team in minutes logged, but the Heat would fall 110-105 on the road. The 7-footer is averaging just under 10 points over his previous 10 matchups and has also recorded 6.1 rpg over that stretch. Olynyk will face the Celtics again in Miami's next matchup Wednesday.
News: Wade compiled 17 points (8-17 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 1-1 FT), five rebounds, seven assists and a steal over 29 minutes Monday against the Celtics.
Impact: Wade unsurprisingly put up yet another solid performance off the bench, leading the Heat reserves with 17 points. With just over a week remaining in the regular season, the veteran has shown no signs of slowing down. Wade is averaging 14.4 points, 4.0 assists and 3.8 rebounds over 66 contests on the year.
News: Adebayo tallied 19 points (8-12 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 14 rebounds, two assists and two blocks over 31 minutes Monday against Boston.
Impact: Adebayo was efficient shooting the ball and cleaned up on the boards in a 110-105 loss in Boston. The 6-10 center is averaging 10.6 points and 9.8 rebounds over his last 10 games, proving that he's a double-double threat on a nightly basis.
News: Dragic scored 30 points (12-20 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 3-3 FT) and collected a rebound along with five assists and five steals over 39 minutes Monday against Boston.
Impact: Dragic put forth a valiant effort, but the Heat would fall 110-105 on the road. He shot the basketball well from the field (60 percent) and was a factor on the defensive end of the court. The 32-year-old point guard is averaging just 12.5 points over his previous 10 contests, so it was good to see him bust out for a big performance Monday night.
News: Jones will not return to Monday's game against the Celtics after suffering a right knee injury.
Impact: Jones suffered the injury in the first half of Monday's game, playing 17 minutes and collecting two points. James Johnson started the second half in his place, and should be in line for a larger role if Jones is forced to miss more time. Jones will be re-evaluated when the team returns to Miami, and he should be considered questionable for Wednesday's game against Boston.
News: Jones (personal) will be available for Monday's game against the Celtics, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.
Impact: Jones has been away from the team for personal reasons, and while he still was not with the team at shootaround, the expectation is that he'll rejoin the Heat in Boston prior to tip-off. Jones has been in the starting lineup for every game since March 17, and he's averaging 22.5 minutes per contest in that span.
News: Jones is listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Celtics for personal reasons, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Impact: Jones missed Saturday's shootaround for personal reasons, but was able to play in that game, so this could be a similar situation. More information should come out following the team's activities on Monday morning. If Jones is unable to go, James Johnson could see increased playing time.
News: Olynyk contributed 12 points (4-10 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 4-5 FT), 11 rebounds, one assist, and one steal in 32 minutes during Saturday's 100-92 victory over New York.
Impact: Olynyk's rollercoaster production continued Saturday as he came away with 12 points and 11 rebounds in 32 minutes. His playing time has been all over the place of late and that appears to be a trend that will continue. He has played anywhere between 19 minutes and 38 minutes over the past two weeks, making him merely a streaming option in competitive formats.
News: Whiteside totaled 17 points 7-10 FG, 3-6 FT), 13 rebounds, one steal, and one block in 20 minutes during Saturday's 100-92 victory over the Knicks.
Impact: Whiteside still played just 20 minutes Saturday but was able to come away with a productive line. He ended with 17 points and 13 rebounds, his first double-double in over two weeks. He has been a huge disappointment down the stretch and his future is certainly a topic that will be debated across the off-season. At this stage, he is firmly behind Bam Adebayo on the depth chart and is more of a streaming option for the remaining games.
News: Waiters finished with 28 points 11-23 FG, 6-16 3Pt), six assists,s three rebounds, two steals, and one block in 37 minutes during Saturday's 100-92 victory over the Knicks.
Impact: Waiters topped out with a season-high 28 points in Saturday's victory, helping the Heat regain a spot in the top-eight. Waiters has had sneaky value over the past few weeks but is still only rostered in 30 percent of all leagues. With only a few games left to round out the season, the Heat are going to need to win as many as they can and it would appear Waiters is going to continue to see significant playing time all the way to the finish line.
News: Jones (personal) will play in Saturday's game against the Knicks, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Impact: Jones will play and start Saturday despite missing shootaround due to a personal issue. In 55 appearances this season, Jones' averaged 7.2 points and 4.1 rebounds in 19.1 minutes.
News: Coach Eric Spoelstra said Saturday that Richardson (heel) is without a timeline for a return, though the Heat doesn't believe the 25-year-old's injury is a season-ending issue, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.
Impact: Richardson missed only his second game of the season in Thursday's win over the Mavericks, and the Heat have already ruled him out for the two-game road swing through New York and Boston that begins Saturday. That leaves Wednesday's home game against the Celtics as the earliest date for Richardson's return, but Spoelstra's comments suggest the swingman likely won't be ready to go by then. With just two weeks left in the season, fantasy managers may be better off cutting bait with Richardson in pursuit of a healthier option.
News: Jones is questionable for Saturday's game against the Knicks due to personal reasons.
Impact: The Heat could be down yet another player, as Jones might not play Saturday. If that's the case, James Johnson would be a candidate to see extra minutes.
News: McGruder (knee) won't play in the Heat's next two games, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.
Impact: McGruder will not join the team for the upcoming two-game road trip while he continues to deal with left knee soreness. His next chance to play arrives Wednesday against Boston.
News: Richardson (heel) is out for the Heat's next two games, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.
Impact: Richardson will not go with the Heat on their two-game road trip, as he's in too much discomfort due to a bruised left heel. In his place, Goran Dragic figures to continue starting at point guard.
News: Winslow (thigh) won't play during the Heat's next two games, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.
Impact: Winslow's thigh issue is bothering him enough to prevent him from going on the Heat's two-game road trip. His next opportunity to play arrives Wednesday against the Celtics.
News: Adebayo notched 11 points (5-9 FG, 1-2 FT), 16 rebounds and three assists in 29 minutes Thursday in the Heat's 105-99 win over the Mavericks.
Impact: Adebayo has been a beast on the glass of late, logging 11 or more boards in four of his last five outings. In addition to his stellar rebounding, Adebayo has chipped in 10.8 points, 4.2 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.8 blocks per game over that stretch. He's clearly emerged as the team's top center over Hassan Whiteside and may warrant universal fantasy ownership at this point.
News: Dragic will return to the starting lineup Thursday against the Mavs.
Impact: Dragic is yet to start a game since returning from a lengthy injury absence, but the Heat will shake things up with Josh Richardson and Justise Winslow out Thursday, going with Dragic at the point, while Dion Waiters gets the nod at shooting guard. Over his last three games, Dragic is averaging just 3.7 points and 3.0 assists in 25.7 minutes per game.
News: Winslow (thigh) is out Thursday against the Mavericks, Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald reports.
Impact: Winslow will be out for a seventh straight contest Thursday as he recovers from a thigh injury. With Josh Richardson (heel) also out, Dwyane Wade, Dion Waiters and Goran Dragic could all see increased usage.
News: Richardson (heel) is out Thursday against the Mavericks, Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald reports.
Impact: Due to a bruised left heel, Richardson will miss just his third game of the year Thursday. In his absence, Derrick Jones, Dion Waiters, Dwyane Wade and Goran Dragic are all candidates to see expanded roles.
News: Winslow (thigh) is listed as questionable for Thursday's contest against Dallas, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Impact: Absent for the last six games due to a thigh injury, there is speculation that Winslow may return to the court Thursday. However, if the team elects to sidelined their point guard for a seventh straight contest, Goran Dragic will presumably start once again.
News: McGruder (knee) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against Dallas, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Impact: It'll be the sixth straight contest in which McGruder will be absent for, as the Kansas State alum continues to experience soreness in his left knee. With Josh Richardson (heel) listed as questionable Thursday, Derrick Jones is a candidate to see a bulk of the minutes at the small-forward position for the Heat on Thursday. McGruder's next chance at a return will be Saturday at New York.
News: Richardson is questionable for Thursday's game against Dallas due to a bruised left heel, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Impact: It's unknown when exactly and how severe the injury may be, as the former second-round pick logged 40 minutes and totaled 17 points against the Magic on Tuesday. Nevertheless though, Richardson has been a late addition to the injury report heading into the matchup versus Dallas on Thursday and, if the team elects to rest their guard, Derrick Jones is a prime candidate to earn a start.
News: McGruder (knee) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against Orlando, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Impact: McGruder is in line to miss his fifth straight contest while battling a knee injury. He'll continue to be monitored on a daily basis with his next opportunity to return coming Thursday against Dallas.
News: Winslow (thigh) won't play Tuesday against the Magic, Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald reports.
Impact: There seemed to be optimism that Winslow could take the floor, but he'll miss a sixth straight contest. His next chance to play arrives Thursday against the Mavericks.
News: Winslow (thigh) is listed as questionable for Tuesday's game against the Magic.
Impact: Winslow has been out for the last five games due to a bruised right thigh, but he also missed practice Monday due to food poisoning. This, however, came after Winslow was able to return to practice Sunday in limited fashion, so he will likely end up being a game-time decision.
News: McGruder (knee) did not take part in Monday's practice, Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald reports.
Impact: McGruder has missed the last four games with a sore knee, and his absence Monday doesn't exactly bode well for his status as Tuesday's game against Orlando approaches. Consider the defensive-minded wing questionable, with an update expected at shootaround in the morning.
News: Winslow (thigh) missed Monday's practice due to food poisoning, Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald reports.
Impact: Winslow is already on the shelf with a thigh injury, so this adds another layer of uncertainty to his status for Tuesday's in-state matchup with the Magic. The Heat are yet to rule on his status, and if he recovers from the illness, there's a chance he could return after he was able to take part in portions of Sunday's practice.
News: Adebayo scored 16 points (6-11 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 4-4 FT) while adding 11 rebounds, eight assists and four blocks in 35 minutes during Saturday's 113-108 win over the Wizards.
Impact: The assists were a career high for Adebayo, while the blocks were a season high -- topped only by the five he recorded against the Raptors in Jan. 2018. He's been playing through a hip injury lately but looked 100 percent in this one, and the 21-year-old should be a key part of the Heat's push for the playoffs.
News: Wade scored a team-high 20 points (9-16 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 0-2 FT) while adding nine rebounds, five assists and a steal in 28 minutes off the bench during Saturday's 113-108 win over the Wizards.
Impact: The 37-year-old may be retiring after this season, but Wade clearly still has something left in the tank -- he's scored 11 of his points in the fourth quarter to carry the Heat to a key victory, and he's supplied double-digit points in nine straight contests. With Miami clinging to the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference, don't be surprised if the team's heart and soul continues to come up big down the stretch.
News: McGruder (knee) has been ruled out of Saturday's game against the Wizards, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Impact: It'll be the fourth straight absence for McGruder, who will join Justise Winslow in street clothes once again Saturday. Expect James Johnson, Derrick Jones and Dwyane Wade to pick up some increased run in the pair's continued absence.
News: Winslow (thigh) is out Saturday against the Wizards, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Impact: Winslow will miss a fifth straight contest as he continues to recover from a bruised right thigh. His next chance to play arrives Tuesday against the Magic.
News: Anderson recorded one assist and one steal in five minutes during Friday's 116-87 loss to the Bucks.
Impact: This was Anderson's first time on the court in five games and came simply as a result of garbage time. Anderson is merely a bench warmer for the Heat and does not figure as a part of their future. He can be ignored everywhere.
News: Jones ended with 11 points (4-8 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 1-3 FT), seven rebounds, three assists, and one steal in 25 minutes during Friday's 116-87 loss to Milwaukee.
Impact: Jones played 25 minutes as the starting small-forward, coming away with a serviceable yet unspectacular line. The Heat were embarrassed on both ends of the floor which meant a number of players were impacted in terms of playing time. Prior to this game, Jones had scored in double-digits just once since the end of January. Outside of his athletic upside, Jones is not a standard league asset and can be left on the waivers in most formats.
News: Whiteside finished with 14 points (6-8 FG, 2-6 FT), nine rebounds, and three blocks in 24 minutes during Friday's 116-87 loss to the Bucks.
Impact: Whiteside came off the bench again Friday but saw more playing time that Bam Adebayo, who managed just 18 minutes. The game was ugly and the rotations certainly reflected the overall play of the Heat. Despite coming off the bench, Whiteside has been maintaining standard league relevance, although, the playing time here is likely to reduce again Saturday against the Wizards.
News: McGruder (knee) is out for Friday's matchup against the Bucks, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Impact: Left knee soreness will keep McGruder out for a third straight game Friday. Derrick Jones Jr., who has started the past three games, has benefited in McGruder's stead.
News: Winslow (thigh) is out Friday against the Bucks, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Impact: As expected, a bruised right thigh will keep Winslow out for a fourth straight matchup. His next chance to take the floor arrives Saturday against the Wizards.
News: Adebayo (hip) will play Friday against the Bucks, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Impact: A hip injury was compromising Adebayo's availability for Friday, but he's feeling good enough to play. Adebayo has started the past 12 games, averaging 11.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.4 assists and a combined 2.0 steals/blocks across 26.8 minutes.
News: Adebayo is questionable for Friday's game against the Bucks due to a hip injury, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Impact: Adebayo didn't show any sign of injury in Wednesday's win over San Antonio, playing 29 minutes in a start. If he's ultimately held out look for Hassan Whiteside and Kelly Olynyk to pick up some extra minutes.
News: McGruder (knee) is listed as doubtful to play in Friday's tilt against the Bucks, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Impact: McGruder missed Miami's last-two games due to his knee injury and appears in line to sit out a third. Derrick Jones Jr. and Josh Richardson will likely see some added minutes once again if McGruder is held out.
News: Winslow (thigh) is considered doubtful for Friday's game against Milwaukee.
Impact: Winslow has missed Miami's last three games due to his calf injury and appears in line to miss a fourth. Goran Dragic will figure to continue seeing extra minutes if Winslow is ultimately held out.
News: Richardson produced 15 points (6-16 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 1-1 FT), five rebounds, four assists, two blocks, and one steal in 39 minutes during Wednesday's 110-105 victory over San Antonio.
Impact: Richardson continues to struggle from the field, hitting just six of his 16 shot attempts. Poor shooting aside, Richardson was able to produce across the board in a performance more reminiscent of his games from last season. He has had to assume a much larger role on the offensive end this season and that appears to have impacted his defensive numbers. The return of Goran Dragic will hopefully allow Richardson to get back to his old ways as an elite wing defender and perimeter scorer.
News: Dragic ended with 22 points (8-13 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 2-3 FT), two rebounds, and two assists in 22 minutes during Wednesday's 110-105 victory over the Spurs.
Impact: Dragic scored in excess of 20 points for the second straight game Wednesday, hitting four triples on his way to 22 points. Dragic appears as though he is back to full health after what has been an injury-riddled season. His supporting numbers went missing in this one but owners have to be thrilled with his offensive output and should continue to roll him out there despite the fact he is coming off the bench.
News: Johnson finished with 13 points (5-8 FG, 3-5 3Pt), five rebounds, four assists, and two steals in 27 minutes during Wednesday's 110-105 victory over the Spurs.
Impact: Johnson was solid again Wednesday, helping the Heat to an impressive victory over the Spurs. The Heat have quietly won eight of their last 10 games, improving to a 33-and-36 record. Johnson, who had been out of the rotation, has had two strong games and his playing time appears to be on the rise. He is fine to look at in standard leagues but keep in mind the rotations in Miami have been far from consistent this season.
News: McGruder (knee) is out Wednesday against the Spurs, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.
Impact: McGruder will miss a second straight contest due to left knee soreness. Derrick Jones Jr., James Johnson and Dion Waiters could see extra run as a result.
News: Winslow (thigh) won't play Wednesday against the Spurs, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.
Impact: Winslow will miss a third straight contest while dealing with a bruised thigh. Goran Dragic has played well in Winslow's absence over the past two games, averaging 22.5 points, 7.5 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.0 steal in 28.5 minutes.
News: Johnson finished with 14 points (5-8 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 4-4 FT), three rebounds, three steals, two assists and two blocks across 22 minutes in the Heat's win over the Thunder on Monday.
Impact: Johnson saw a slight uptick in minutes, just two games removed from an 11-game absence due to a shoulder injury. He had a huge all-around stat line in Monday's win, but the numbers were not typical of Johnson's typical output. He's not playable outside of deep leagues.
News: Olynyk totaled 18 points (7-10 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 3-3 FT), nine rebounds, one assist and one steal across 36 minutes in the Heat's win over the Thunder on Monday.
Impact: Olynyk put up 18 points after averaging just six points per game over his last four contests and finished one rebound shy of a double-double in Monday's win. Since joining the starting lineup permanently, he's averaged 28 minutes per game and will have an opportunity to add another productive stat line on Wednesday when the Heat travel to San Antonio to take on the Spurs.
News: Wade finished with 25 points (10-17 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 4-5 FT), five assists, four rebounds, one steal and one block across 33 minutes in the Heat's win over the Thunder on Monday.
Impact: Wade finished just behind Goran Dragic (26) for the team lead in scoring in Momday's win over the Thunder. Averaging 14.1 points, 4.1 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game in his final season, Wade is still a viable fantasy option with big-game upside.
News: Dragic totaled 26 points (9-17 FG, 6-9 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 11 assists, five rebounds and two steals across 29 minutes in the Heat's win over the Thunder on Monday.
Impact: Dragic led the Heat in scoring while notching a big double-double in Monday's win. Dragic's big night was fueled by six threes, and he's now averaged 22.5 points per game in his last two contests. Dragic got some extra run with Justice Winslow (thigh) out, and fantasy owners of Dragic should keep an eye on Winslow's status for Wednesday's game at the Spurs.
News: Wade (hip) is considered probable for Monday's game against OKC, Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald reports.
Impact: The designation looks to be precautionary, but it's worth noting that the veteran is nursing a bruised right hip. Wade is coming off of a 17-point, eight-rebound outing in Sunday's blowout win over Charlotte -- his fifth straight double-digit scoring effort.
News: McGruder will not be available Monday against the Thunder due to a sore left knee, Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald reports.
Impact: This may explain why McGruder was limited to only three minutes in Sunday's win over Charlotte, though his playing time had already been on the decline over the last week. Regardless, Miami won't have the Kansas State product Monday, and the Heat will also be without Justise Winslow (thigh).
News: Winslow (thigh) will not play Monday against the Thunder, Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald reports.
Impact: Winslow also missed Sunday's game against the Hornets, so it's not overly surprising that he'll remain out on the second night of a back-to-back. Miami went with Dion Waiters at point guard Sunday, so expect he and Goran Dragic to take most of the primary ball-handling responsibilities in Winslow's absence.