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Waiters returns to Heat, apologizes following suspension

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Waiters will have to fight for minutes in a crowded backcourt.

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After a tumultuous start to the NBA season including two suspensions, Dion Waiters returned to practice Saturday with the Miami Heat. The team issued a statement from Waiters in which he apologized.

The “incident on the team plane” refers to Waiters suffering a panic attack on a flight from Phoenix to Los Angeles after taking a THC-infused edible. After that incident, the Heat announced a 10-game suspension of Waiters, which concluded after the Heat’s 122-105 win over the Golden State Warriors.

Waiters traveled with the Heat for their upcoming three-game road trip that starts with a 3 p.m. game against the Brooklyn Nets. He has yet to play in a game this season.

Erik Spoelstra commented on Waiters’ conditioning.

When will see we Waiters make his season debut? That remains unknown. The Heat currently have Kendrick Nunn, Tyler Herro and Goran Dragic in the backcourt. Moreover, Jimmy Butler and Justise Winslow have played as point forwards.

In addition to Waiters, Derrick Jones Jr. returned to practice Saturday. He is listed as probable for the game against the Nets.