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Heat may be without Dion Waiters to start training camp

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Waiters is still recovering from season-ending ankle surgery.

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A year ago, the Miami Heat signed Dion Waiters to a four-year contract, possibly envisioning him as the team’s future starting shooting guard. Of course, Waiters suffered a season-ending injury in January after some uneven play, and Miami traded for their face of the franchise, Dwyane Wade, in February.

Wade is now contemplating retirement. And in a post-NBA Draft press conference, Heat President Pat Riley was non-committal when asked whether Waiters will be ready for the start of training camp.

The following is an excerpt of an article by the Palm Beach Post’s Anthony Chiang.

“Well it was six to nine months. That’s what the doctor said,” Riley said regarding the original diagnosis. “We hope that he’s ready for training camp. But we’re not going to push that. What I’m saying is that from this point forward, you have to get to another level of rehab and how much movement he can do actually. Putting weight on it remains to be seen. But the scan came out extremely well.”

Waiters’ play will depend on whether Wade returns for one more year. If Wade re-signs with the Heat, fans will undoubtedly want to see the 2006 NBA Finals MVP get significant playing time. In fact, it may be difficult for Erik Spoelstra to find playing time for Waiters, Wade and Tyler Johnson. But if Wade retires, fans will hope that Waiters can provide some offensive spark to the team.

Let’s hope his rehab goes well, and he’s back for the season.