Any takers out there for a veteran shooting guard in exile? Anyone?
Dion Waiters has yet to suit up for the Heat through seven games. He was suspended for the season opener because of a "number of unacceptable incidents," but he has remained inactive following the punishment. It's possible this relationship has reached the point of no return, so is it time for Miami to execute a trade?
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One problem here — there is no interest in Waiters.
"[The Heat have] been trying to trade him since last Christmas," one NBA general manager told Sean Deveney of Heavy.com prior to the start of the 2019-20 regular season. "No one was trying to take him on then. After this kind of thing, it would be really hard to take him on now. He has had this kind of junk attached to him just about his whole career."
That stance hasn't changed, as the Miami Herald's Barry Jackson reported this week the Heat can't find a "palatable trade scenario" for Waiters. The 27-year-old isn't a high-value asset considering he hasn't played more than 46 games in any of last three seasons with the Heat and the fact that he is due nearly $25 million through 2021.
Waiters, who has averaged 14.0 points and 3.6 assists as a member of the Heat, found himself behind two-way player Chris Silva and Miami lifer Udonis Haslem ahead of the team's game against the Nuggets on Tuesday. Considering the Heat are off to a 5-2 start with a number of intriguing options at guard — Jimmy Butler, Goran Dragic, Tyler Herro, Kendrick Nunn, Justise Winslow — president Pat Riley and coach Erik Spoelstra might be hesitant to bring Waiters back into the fold and risk ruining chemistry.
The Heat could ultimately decide it is better to play Waiters to increase his trade value, but it would not be surprising to see Waiters stuck on his own little island as the Heat continue to climb the Eastern Conference standings.