Dion Waiters has only been suspended for the first game of the season. But he hasn’t even appeared on the bench since the regular season began.
The odd situation between Waiters and the Heat added a new wrinkle yesterday. Erik Spoelstra first stated that Waiters would be active for Miami’s game against the Denver Nuggets Tuesday night, but later said that he would not be active. Waiters didn’t even appear in street clothes on the bench, as players often do when they are injured.
Spoelstra says Dion Waiters will be on the bench and active Tuesday.— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) November 5, 2019
Spoelstra "Dion will not be active. He will work out. I met with him. He and I talked. Things are a little bit fluid right now, because we have everybody available right now, which is a good thing. And then we'll continue to work it out." So Silva, Haslem active ahead of Waiters.— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) November 6, 2019
ESPN NBA analyst Bobby Marks said that he doesn’t expect Waiters to play another meaningful minute with the Heat. Is that truly where this is headed — a player who still has two years left on his contract, essentially banished from the team?
Kendrick Nunn, who has started as Miami’s shooting guard, cooled off since his amazing start to the season. He’s shot 6-for-24 from the field over the last two games after going 44-for-85 in the first five. If Nunn continues to struggle, would Waiters get another chance to provide some scoring that was sorely lacking in the Heat’s 20-point loss to the Nuggets last night?
The Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson said that Miami has found “no palatable trade scenario” for Waiters, so the two parties could be stuck with each other for a while.
Will we see Waiters on the bench Thursday night against the Phoenix Suns? We’ll soon find out.