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What the Miami Heat should do with Dion Waiters

Dion Waiters has been a constant distraction for the Miami Heat through the early part of the season. Waiters have already served 3 suspensions, costing him up to $1.42 million in lost wages and him being a DNP for every game this season. With Kendrick Nunn, Tyler Herro, and Duncan Robinson off to hot starts this early in the season, the use of Dion Waiters on the team is not necessary. Miami has jumped to a 22-8 record without the help of Dion Waiters, and it looks like Coach Erik Spoelstra will not make any changes now that Waiters is done with his suspension. What should Miami do with Waiters, who will be under contract until 2021 and will be owed $24.75 million throughout those 2 years?

Kendrick Nunn 18-19:

PTS
REB
AST
FG%
FT%
16.22.73.6.449.783

Tyler Herro 18-19

PTS
REB
AST
FG%
FT%
14.04.12.1.424.869

Duncan Robinson 18-19:

PTS
REB
AST
FG%
FT%
11.73.10.9.478.950

Dion Waiters 18-19:

PTS
REB
AST
FG%
FT%
12.02.6
2.8.414.500

1) Trade Dion Waiters:

Although the drama Dion Waiters has given the Heat this season, we all know he can ball. In his 2017 season he showed all of us what he could do, averaging 15.8 PPG and having a memorable game on January 23rd, 2017, when he hit a game-winner against the Golden State Warriors, the most memorable in the 13 game winning streak he lead. Could any legit playoff contenders consider adding a player like Waiters to its depth?

Mock Trade 1:

There are no trade options. Nobody is interested in Dion Waiters, especially after his behavior this early in the season. His contract is not pleasant whatsoever and alongside his behavior outside the court, there is not any chance a team will pursue Waiters via trade. The best thing Miami can do is add him in a trade in which they don’t have enough cap space to get the player, such as Jrue Holiday who Miami is rumored to be interested in to add a solid veteran alongside Jimmy Butler to make a playoff push. Miami could look to trade  Justice Winslow, 2 first-round picks, and add Waiters to even out the cap space to get Jrue Holiday.

(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

2) Stick With Dion Waiters:

Miami might have no choice but to stick with Dion Waiters. His expensive 2-year contract is something no team is looking to add. Dion Waiters will most likely end up in Miami until his contract ends and will be remembered by Heat fans as an example of an overpaid role player. Who knows, if one of Miami’s guards get hurt late in the season then Waiters could serve to be a good option with his ability to score in the clutch. As for now, Miami made a mistake giving Waiters such a big contract and are now left in a $24.75 million whole.

Thank you for reading my article on Dion Waiters, I believe Waiters is a great player who let his confidence and cockiness get the best of him. What do you think?

– @michael.yero

Michael Yero covers all of South Florida’s major pro teams, along with high school sports for 305 Sports. He also covers sports for Immaculata-La Salle High School’s student newspaper, the Royal Courier.

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