The Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson reported that Pat Riley was “visibly angry” in the wake of two discipline issues surrounding James Johnson and Dion Waiters. The team dismissed Johnson from training camp for failing to meet conditioning requirements and suspended Waiters for what Riley deemed “unprofessional conduct.”
NEW: A Heat 6-pack, including new stuff on Waiters/JJ and what Riley firmly told them; Herro; more: https://t.co/BytE7kyo94— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) October 25, 2019
According to Jackson, Riley told both Waiters and Johnson that he made a commitment to them with four-year contracts in 2017. Riley then added that they didn’t uphold their end of the bargain in living up to those contracts.
Johnson signed a four-year, $60 million contract in July 2017, while Waiters signed a four-year, $52 million one. Both had been journeymen in the league prior to joining the Heat.
Jackson also reported that Waiters did not agree to have a mandatory weigh-in last week, which angered Heat officials.
Both players will not join Miami for a back-to-back set this Saturday and Sunday.