Dion Waiters isn’t ready yet. After undergoing season-ending ankle surgery in January, there was some speculation that Dion would be ready to participate in the Miami Heat training camp. That’s not the case. Waiters is currently rehabbing the injury and was seen doing on court work in July.
It’s safe to say he’s getting closer, but the Heat aren’t taking chances after losing him to this injury two seasons in a row. With Dwyane Wade back, there isn’t any reason to rush a Waiters’ return. Pat Riley made this very clear in his statements yesterday.
Per Pat Riley: “Dion Waiters, who is currently rehabbing from foot surgery, will not be available when the team begins training camp on Sept. 25th and is also unlikely to be ready for the start of the regular season on Oct. 17th ... (1/2)"— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) September 18, 2018
Per Pat Riley (2/2): "... Dion will not be returning to the court until the HEAT medical team and training staff deem him healed, rehabbed and physically conditioned for all basketball activities.”— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) September 18, 2018
I for one think it’s good thing not to rush Waiters back, though I am excited for his eventual return. What do you guys think? Did you think he’d be ready for training camp? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.