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Dion Waiters shoots down suggestion he come off bench

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Waiters wants to “nip that in the bud.” Does he have a point?

NBA: Charlotte Hornets at Miami Heat Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Although no one in the Heat organization has admitted — at least publicly — of using Dion Waiters as a reserve, some fans have brought up the idea.

Waiters had a message for those folks: No way.

“I’m a starter in this league, man, that’s who I am. We’re going to nip that in the bud right now. I’m not coming off no bench.”

Now, Waiters has played a reserve role in his previous stints with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Oklahoma City Thunder. But Waiters initially signed with Miami after Dwyane Wade left a void at the shooting guard shot, and he has since signed a four-year, $52 million contract with the Heat — hardly money bench players receive.

And Waiters said that he didn’t like coming off the bench before coming to the Heat, admitting that it was a role he had to accept.

Waiters, like everyone else on the Heat, has suffered from inconsistency during the Heat’s dreary, disappointing start to the season. Waiters has pulled disappearing acts in certain games, just as Tyler Johnson and Wayne Ellington have failed to provide an impact off the bench here and there.

Do you think Waiters should swallow his pride and come off the bench? Or does he have a point? Let us know in the comments.