The Miami Heat held their first practice since the All-Star break today. And Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald reported today that Miami will have to play without Kyle Lowry and Omer Yurtseven for now.
NEW: The latest Heat injury updates on Kyle Lowry and Omer Yurtseven, who continue to move closer to their returns https://t.co/Cqbx4dJExB Also, Erik Spoelstra says the Heat now has "some real depth all over the place" after the signings of Kevin Love and Cody Zeller— Anthony Chiang (@Anthony_Chiang) February 23, 2023
According to Chiang, Erik Spoelstra said that Yurtseven took part in non-contact work during the practice. He’ll next likely join the Sioux Falls Skyforce for some five-on-five work.
Erik Spoelstra says Omer Yurtseven took part in all the non-contact work today. The next step will be getting in on five-on-five work, which Spoelstra says will likely come with the G League’s Sioux Falls Skyforce.— Anthony Chiang (@Anthony_Chiang) February 23, 2023
Yurtseven’s continued absence — he still has yet to make his season debut — informs Miami’s decision to sign Cody Zeller to a standard contract instead of converting Orlando Robinson’s two-way deal to a standard contract. Robinson has just four games left on his limit of being on the active roster for up to 50 games.
Lowry did not practice today, but Chiang said, “there’s optimism around the team that he’ll ... make his return to game action within the next two weeks.” Lowry stayed away from the team leading up to the All-Star break, which fueled rumors of a possible trade. He’ll miss his seventh consecutive game when he sits out the Heat’s road game at the Milwaukee Bucks Friday.
As for good news, both Victor Oladipo and Tyler Herro are expected to play tomorrow.