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How would Dion Waiters ankle problem affect his trade value for the Heat?

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Zach Lowe had a healthy Waiters in a fake “crazy trade” scenario with the Pacers. Now that idea seems even more far-fetched than before.

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Zach Lowe had Dion Waiters and Justise Winslow of the Miami Heat as part of a "crazy trade” package with the Indiana Pacers during the season.

“Among my favorite versions of this: Winslow and Dion Waiters to the Pacers in exchange for Bojan Bogdanovic (on a semi-expiring contract), Cory Joseph, and perhaps some throw-in to make Miami feel less crappy about punting on Winslow.”

Diego Quezada has an optimistic view on Waiters’ ankle.

Let’s hope Waiters’ ankle isn’t a cause for concern and that he plays well in the Heat’s home opener Saturday.

Manny Navarro wasn’t as hopeful and wrote Waiters' left ankle might be a huge problem for Miami this season.

Dion Waiters is annoyed with his left ankle again – and it looks it could become a huge annoyance for the Miami Heat all season.

Dion’s ankle might be an issue for the Heat in more ways than one, namely by sabotaging his trade value. The Pacers, or any other team, wouldn't take on an injured athlete without additional sweeteners, if at all.

So far in this young season Gordon Hayward broke his leg, Jeremy Lin ruptured his patellar tendon, Sheldon Mac tore his Achilles tendon, Brandon Knight tore his ACL, Dante Exum separated his shoulder, and Isaiah Thomas' hip is a continuing probem. The out-until-2018 list includes Rodney McGruder, Adreian Payne, Solomon Hill, Jabari Parker, and probably more later on.

Since Waiters can't be traded until Dec. 15 at the earliest, Lowe's "crazy trade” scenario was premature even when he published it. Now it looks less likely than ever. Pat Riley will patiently wait the process out until the infirm and disgruntled come to his door asking for help.

Not even a week into the season and question marks about NBA rosters start to appear, as always.