Miami Heat Player News: All Positions

News: Johnson will not travel with the Heat for their preseason game Thursday against the Magic, Shandel Richardson of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Johnson is apparently still working on his conditioning and has been unable to participate in preseason as a result. His last chance to take the floor before the start of the regular season will be Friday when they take on the Rockets.
News: Olynyk (knee) was a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Shandel Richardson of The Athletic reports.
Impact: It's another sign of positive progress for Olynyk, who is yet to play in the preseason while nursing a bruised right knee. It remains unlikely that Olynyk plays in either of the Heat's two remaining preseason games, but there looks to be a chance he'll be healthy enough for the start of the regular season.
News: Herro is off to a hot start in the preseason, but coach Erik Spoelstra said Tuesday that the rookie still has room to improve on defense, the Miami Herald reports. "We're just trying to prepare him as much as we can to be ready to help us win," Spoelstra said. "Whatever role that may be. He still has a long way to go defensively. He knows that, and he's working at it."
Impact: Herro had another impressive showing in Monday's win over Atlanta, finishing with 23 points, including five three-pointers, in just 25 minutes of action. He drew the start at shooting guard, and while there's been plenty of speculation that he could hold onto the role during the regular season, it's worth noting that Dion Waiters remained away from the team Monday while tending to a personal issue. Judging from Spoelstra's quotes, Herro could have a real chance to claim the starting two-guard spot, but he'll first need to prove he can hold up defensively.
News: Adebayo accumulated 15 points (3-10 FG, 9-10 FT), 10 rebounds, four assists, and three blocks in 26 minutes during Monday's 120-87 win over the Hawks.
Impact: Adebayo struggled from the field but turned in a terrific stat line, complete with an impressive highlight-reel slam dunk and a vicious chase down block. Adebayo boasts decent vision for a big man as well, and he's among the league's best breakout candidates in the aftermath of Hassan Whiteside being dealt to Portland.
News: Herro exploded for 23 points (9-14 FG, 5-7 3Pt), five rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 25 minutes during Monday's 120-87 win over the Hawks.
Impact: Herro drew the start and thrived with the top unit. His ability to space the floor from beyond the arc is helping him make the case that he deserves to start on a team that's otherwise lacking in the three-point shooting department.
News: Dragic delivered 12 points (3-6 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 3-3 FT), five assists, two rebounds, and two steals in 21 minutes during Monday's 120-87 win over the Hawks.
Impact: Dragic came off the bench and provided a boost offensively, draining three treys and dishing five dimes. He did commit four turnovers, and the emergence of Tyler Herro, who had 23 points in 25 minutes as a starter, may not bode well for Dragic's odds of earning a spot in the starting lineup. Nevertheless, Dragic would likely see his usage drop substantially if he started alongside the likes of Jimmy Butler and Justise Winslow, so it's possible a reserve role will actually help Dragic remain relevant in standard leagues.
News: Butler chipped in seven points (3-7 FG, 1-2 FT), six rebounds, four assists, and three blocks in 26 minutes during Monday's 120-87 win over the Hawks.
Impact: Butler missed last Wednesday's game against the Hornets due to an illness but was removed from the injury report prior to this one. If Butler can stay healthy this season, he is likely to shoulder a massive load offensively as a scorer and distributor, plus he remains one of the better defensive wings in the league as well.
News: Winslow managed nine points (4-14 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 1-2 FT), five assists, four rebounds, and one steal in 28 minutes during Monday's 120-87 win over the Hawks.
Impact: Winslow matched rookie Tyler Herro for the team high in field goal attempts and matched Goran Dragic for the team high in dimes. Winslow's spot in the starting lineup seems secure. However, it may not be easy for him to equal last year's averages of 12.6 points and 4.3 assists given that Jimmy Butler is now on board.
News: Jones won't return to Monday's game against Atlanta due to a bruised left knee.
Impact: The injury doesn't appear to be overly serious, but the Heat will exercise caution by shutting Jones down for the rest of the night. He'll be considered day-to-day moving forward.
News: Herro is starting Monday's game against the Hawks, Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald reports.
Impact: Herro has looked sharp throughout the preseason, averaging 13 points, 4.5 rebounds and three assists over two contests. He'll start alongside Justise Winslow, Jimmy Butler, Meyers Leonard and Bam Adebayo.
News: Winslow (rest) will be available to play Monday against Atlanta.
Impact: Winslow took a seat for Wednesday's preseason matchup against the Hornets for maintenance purposes, but he'll be back in action Monday night. He logged 24 minutes one week ago against the Spurs and figures to see a similar workload.
News: Butler (illness) is no longer listed on the injury report prior to Monday's exhibition against Atlanta.
Impact: Butler was held out of Wednesday's matchup due to an illness, though he's seemingly returned to health after being removed from the team's official injury report. In his lone preseason matchup, he put up 10 points and snagged three boards while dishing out five dimes.
News: Dragic (rest) will be available to play Monday against Atlanta, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Impact: It was initially announced that Dragic would get the night off for maintenance, but the Heat flipped his designation to available shortly after. He logged 20 minutes and scored eight in his lone preseason action one week ago.
News: Dragic (rest) won't play in Monday's preseason game against Atlanta, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Impact: The Heat continue to limit Dragic's minutes in the preseason, holding him out for another exhibition. His availability for Thursday's clash with Orlando is unknown at this point.
News: Waiters (personal) has returned to South Florida but won't play in Monday's preseason game against the Hawks, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Impact: Waiters has been away from the team due to a personal issue, and while he's back in town, he won't take the court Monday evening. His next opportunity to fun the floor will come Thursday against Orlando.
News: Olynyk (knee) will be held out of Monday's preseason tilt with the Hawks, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Impact: While Olynyk's made improvements in his recovery from a right knee bruise, he's still been unable to endure a full practice and isn't game ready. With James Johnson (coache's decision) also out, look for Meyers Leonard and Derrick Jones Jr. to see extensive run, with KZ Okpala, Kyle Alexander and Chris Silva also factoring in.
News: Waiters (personal) is expected to return to the team soon and could play Monday against Atlanta, Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald reports.
Impact: While Waiters remains away from the team, he'll return soon and has an outside chance of playing Monday. If he's unable to make it back, look for Tyler Herro and Dunan Robinson to continue to see boosted minutes.
News: Johnson will be a healthy scratch from Monday's game against the Hawks, Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald reports.
Impact: Johnson, who's struggling with his current conditioning, will sit out Monday's tilt with Atlanta. He's making progress towards meeting the team standard and could return to game action as early as Thursday's game against the Magic.
News: Haslem is expected to miss roughly a week due to a sprained wrist, Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald reports.
Impact: The veteran will likely miss the remainder of the preseason, but he should be good to go by the time the regular season begins. However, the 39-year-old is not expected to be a part of the regular rotation, as he's appeared in only 40 games over the last three seasons.
News: Waiters (personal) remains away from the team, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Impact: The Heat haven't said much about the situation, but Waiters has now been away from the team for several days, and it's unclear if he'll be available for Monday's exhibition matchup against the Hawks. For what it's worth, however, coach Erik Spoelstra said he expects Waiters to play.
News: Olynyk (knee) was able to take steps forward in recovery from a right knee bruise, Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald reports.
Impact: While Olynyk has made improvements in his recovery, he was still unable to complete a full practice. Until he's able to do so, he'll likely be held out from game action. At this point, it seems like Olynyk's a good bet to miss Monday's tilt with the Hawks, which could open up additional run for James Johnson and Derrick Jones Jr.
News: Waiters missed Saturday's practice due to a personal issue, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Impact: Waiters has been forced to miss the past two Heat practices due to a personal issue. There's a chance Waiters could miss Monday's tilt with the Hawks, however, since the issue isn't related to his role, there shouldn't be any long-term fantasy ramifications related to the absence.
News: Waiters did not practice Friday due to a personal matter, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Impact: The veteran guard is dealing with a personal matter and should be considered day-to-day until further notice. Waiters had 19 points and four assists in Wednesday's preseason win over Charlotte.
News: Johnson returned to practice Friday, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Impact: Johnson had been away from the team after failing the Heat's notoriously difficult conditioning test, but he's apparently back to where he needs to be, physically, and was on the floor at Friday's session. The veteran could make his preseason debut as early as Monday against Atlanta.
News: Reed collected 14 points (5-6 FG, 4-5 3Pt), nine rebounds and a block in 16 minutes Wednesday against the Hornets.
Impact: Reed impressed in 16 minutes off the bench Wednesday, drilling four treys, nearing a double-dobule and blocking a shot in just 16 minutes of play. The former Miami Hurricane averaged 13.9 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.4 steals in 34.5 minutes per game last year for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the G-League. He could earn a roster spot if he's able to replicate performances like Wednesday's throughout the remainder of the preseason.
News: Waiters totaled 19 points (7-12 FG, 4-5 3Pt, 1-1 FT), four assists and a steal in 16 minutes during Wednesday's win over Charlotte.
Impact: Waiters was electric Wednesday, leading the team in points and drilling 80 percent of his shots from behind the arc. The veteran guard will hope to bounce back from an injury-plagued 2018-19 campaign in which he averaged 12.0 points, 2.8 assists and 2.6 rebounds in 25.9 minutes per game across 44 contests. Waiters hasn't played more than 46 games in any of his past three seasons, so, while he has the proven ability to score in bunches, he likely can't be considered more than a late-round addition.
News: Nunn produced 13 points (6-12 FG, 1-6 3Pt), seven assists, three steals and two rebounds in 26 minutes during Wednesday's 108-94 win over the Hornets.
Impact: Nunn was impressive in Wednesday's preseason matchup against the Hornets, leading the Heat in assists and finishing with a plus-17 net rating. Despite his outstanding effort, Nunn's role will diminish when Goran Dragic (rest) and Justice Winslow (rest) return, presumably Monday against Atlanta. That said, if he's able to string together several solid performances, there's a chance Nunn'll be able to carve out a steady bench role in 2019-20.
News: Nunn will start Wednesday's game against the Hornets.
Impact: Nunn will start Wednesday's game against Charlotte in place of Justice Winslow who's out for rest purposes. The rookie played seven minutes in Tuesday's preseason debut, scoring two points on 1-of-4 shooting from the field while dishing out four assists and grabbing a single rebound.
News: Herro will get the start for Wednesday's game against the Hornets.
Impact: Herro will start in place of Jimmy Butler for Wednesday's tilt against Charlotte. The rookie had a successful debut, scoring 18 points, grabbing three rebounds and dishing out three assists in 24 minutes against the Spurs on Tuesday.
News: Herro posted a game-high 18 points (7-13 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT) to go with three rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 24 minutes off the bench Tuesday in the Heat's 107-89 preseason win over the Spurs.
Impact: Just as the Heat had hoped when they drafted him in the first round back in June, Herro demonstrated some sharp shooting both from distance and the free-throw line in Miami's preseason opener. The rookie will likely open the regular season in a second-unit role, offering depth on the wing behind offseason pickup Jimmy Butler while fighting Dion Waiters, Duncan Robinson and Derrick Jones for playing time.
News: Olynyk (knee) will not play in Wednesday's preseason game against the Hornets, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Impact: Olynyk will stick on the bench for another exhibition game as he continues to nurse a bruised right knee. The big man will remain day-to-day ahead of next week's preseason game vs. the Hawks.
News: Johnson (conditioning) has been ruled out for Wednesday's preseason game against Charlotte, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Impact: Johnson will miss another game as he works to get his conditioning up to standard. Consider the veteran day-to-day ahead of next week's exhibition game against the Hawks.
News: Dragic (rest) has been ruled out for Wednesday's preseason game against the Hornets, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Impact: Miami is managing Dragic's workload in the preseason after a knee injury forced the veteran guard to play the fewest games of his career (36) in 2018-19, so he'll sit for the second half of the team's back-to-back set. Dragic played 20 minutes off the bench Tuesday against the Spurs, notching eight points (3-4 FG), three rebounds and four assists.
News: Winslow (rest) is out for Wednesday's exhibition game against the Hornets, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Impact: The Heat are resting multiple regulars for the second half of its back-to-back set. Winslow started and played 24 minutes Tuesday against the Spurs, tallying 11 points (5-13 FG), four rebounds and three assists.
News: Butler has been ruled out for Wednesday's preseason game against the Hornets due to an illness, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Impact: Per Winderman, Butler has been battling the issue since the weekend. The 30-year-old played 24 minutes in Tuesday's preseason win over the Spurs, finishing with 10 points (4-8 FG), five assists, three rebounds and a steal.
News: Leonard will get the start at power forward in Tuesday's exhibition tilt against the Spurs, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel
Impact: Leonard will start alongside Bam Adebayo in the frontcourt. Kelly Olynyk (knee) or James Johnson (coach's decision) are the strongest candidates to start at power forward once the regular season commences.
News: Dragic will not start in Tuesday's exhibition game versus the Spurs, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel
Impact: There is no word on Dragic not playing, so right now the assumption is that he will just come off the bench. Justise Winslow will replace him at point guard. There is nothing to read into here, as the Heat are presumably just using the preseason to toy around with specific lineups. Dragic is expected to start at point come opening night.
News: Robinson will start at small forward in Tuesday's exhibition game against the Spurs, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel
Impact: The Heat are opting to go big against the Spurs by including Robinson in a starting lineup alongside Bam Adebayo and Myers Leoanrd. There should not be much to read into here, as preseason is a time for coaches to play around with rotations.
News: Johnson (conditioning) is still away from the team and won't be available to play in Tuesday's preseason game against San Antonio, Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald reports.
Impact: Johnson remains away from the Heat after failing his conditioning test. He won't rejoin his squad until his conditioning is up to team standards.
News: Olynyk (knee) will not play in Tuesday's preseason game against the Spurs, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Impact: Olynyk is still nursing a bruised right knee, so the Heat will hold him out of action Tuesday on a precautionary basis. There's a chance he could play Wednesday in Charlotte, but the big man should be considered day-to-day until further notice.
News: Johnson (conditioning) remains away from the Heat on Thursday, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Impact: Johnson failed his initial conditioning next earlier in the week, and he won't be allowed to rejoin the team until he meets the Heat's strict criteria. For now, consider the veteran day-to-day as Tuesday's preseason opener approaches.
News: Johnson will miss the start of camp after failing to meet the Heat's conditioning standards, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Impact: Miami's conditioning expectations are notoriously high, but this is nonetheless somewhat of a disappointing development for Johnson, who's entering his fourth season with the team. Johnson will not be allowed to practice until he meets the Heat's requirements. Miami kicks off the preseason on Oct. 8 against the Spurs.
News: Olynyk (knee) will have a chance to earn the starting power forward spot, the Miami Herald reports.
Impact: While Olynyk is currently recovering from a knee injury, once he's back in the mix, coach Erik Spoelstra implied that he wants to use the big man in tandem with Bam Adebayo, who's the clear starter at center. "I love what Kelly and Bam did last year," Spoelstra said. "Kelly will be ready at some point in preseason to starting getting after it. They have a nice connection. It's something sometimes you don't expect or anticipate. They created that on their own, their ability to play off each other. Their strengths bring out the strengths of the other guy. Their weaknesses mask the weaknesses of the other. It's a very good tandem."
News: Olynyk (knee) is still rehabbing, but is expected to be ready to go at some point during training camp, Shandel Richardson of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Olynyk suffered a bruised right knee during the FIBA World Cup, which forced him to withdraw. There are no indications that the injury is serious, and Olynyk should be available for the Heat's first regular-season game.
News: Macon has signed a training camp contract with the Heat, Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald reports.
Impact: Macon appeared in eight games for the Mavericks last season, totaling 29 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists and a steal in 90 minutes. He'll fight for a roster spot with the Heat, though it seems unlikely that he'll make the cut.
News: Mulder signed a contract with the Heat on Monday, Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald reports.
Impact: Mulder's pact with the Heat is presumably just an Exhibit 10 deal that will make him eligible to join the organization's G League affiliate -- the Sioux Falls Skyforce -- in the likely event he's waived before the preseason ends. After going undrafted out of Kentucky in 2017, Mulder spent the past two seasons as member of the G League's Windy City Bulls.
News: Reed is expected to sign a training camp deal with the Heat, Shandel Richardson of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Reed was in the NBA under a two-way contract with the Pacers last season and then played summer league with the Warriors earlier this offseason. He will now try to crack Miami's final roster during the team's training camp.
News: Olynyk (knee) will not play for Canada in the FIBA World Cup, but he's expected to be ready for the start of the NBA season, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Olynyk flew back to Miami earlier Tuesday to be examined by the Heat's medical staff, who apparently felt it was best for Olynyk to rest rather than push through his bone bruise. All indications are that Olynyk will be ready for the start of the season, where it's possible he opens as Miami's starting power forward or occupies a sixth-man role in the frontcourt.
News: Olynyk (knee) is in Miami being evaluated by the Heat's medical staff, Michael Grange of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Impact: Olynyk suffered a right knee bone bruise in Canada's exhibition contest against Nigeria on Thursday. While the injury isn't expected to be serious, it's possible the Heat will strongly encourage Olynyk to sit out of the World Cup in order to preserve his health for the upcoming NBA season.
News: Olynyk, who exited the Canadian national team's exhibition game Wednesday against Nigeria in the third quarter after slipping on a wet floor, was diagnosed with a bruised right knee after X-rays on his leg returned negative, Michael Grange of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Impact: Olynyk said he expects the injury to keep him off the court for about a week, but he hasn't chosen to withdraw from his national team obligations and plans on playing in the FIBA World Cup, which begins Aug. 31. The 28-year-old -- who was nearly traded earlier in the offseason before ultimately sticking with the Heat -- will be entering the third season of the four-year, $50 million deal he signed with Miami in 2017. He'll likely open training camp as the leading candidate to start at power forward alongside third-year center Bam Adebayo.
News: Olynyk exited Wednesday's international exhibition game with a leg injury, Josh Lewenberg of TSN.ca reports.
Impact: Olynyk was playing with Team Canada and sustained the injury when he slipped on an apparent wet spot and went down hard. According to Blake Murphy of The Athletic, coach Nick Nurse said the 28-year-old will undergo X-rays.
News: The Heat officially guaranteed Jones' contract for 2019-20 after he remained on the roster following the Aug. 1 deadline, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Impact: Rumored to be on the move to Dallas in a trade earlier this offseason, Jones ultimately stayed put after the Heat ultimately brought in two other teams to facilitate the four-way deal that sent Jimmy Butler to Miami. The athletic forward will earn approximately $1.6 million in 2019-20 before hitting the market next July as an unrestricted free agent. Jones emerged as a rotation wing for Miami during the past season, starting in 14 of his 60 games while averaging 7.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 0.7 blocks in 19.2 minutes per contest while shooting 49.4 percent from the field.
News: Haslem and the Heat agreed to terms Tuesday on a one-year, $2.6 million contract, Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press reports.
Impact: As expected, the veteran will return to Miami for what will be his 17th NBA season -- each of which has come as a member of the Heat. Haslem hasn't been a part of the regular rotation since the 2014-15 season, but his loyalty and veteran leadership have essentially earned him a permanent roster spot in Miami so long as he wants it.