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.
Dion Waiters apologized through a statement issued today by the Heat. pic.twitter.com/qCyomcFP38— Anthony Chiang (@Anthony_Chiang) November 30, 2019
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.
Spoelstra on Waiters, "His conditioning is at least at a level where we can work with him and get him to the next step. And we just want to put this all behind us, get him with the team and move on from here."— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) November 30, 2019
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.
Derrick Jones Jr. (hip) returned to practice today and is listed as probable for tomorrow’s game vs the Nets.— Anthony Chiang (@Anthony_Chiang) November 30, 2019
KZ Okpala (Achilles) will not play.