Waiters, who was diagnosed today after an MRI, has been sidelined for more than a week with what was thought to be a groin ailment. He didn’t accompany the team on its current three-game road trip. Coach Erik Spoelstra said Waiters’ condition will be re-evaluated in two weeks.
Waiters was one of several free agents signed by the Heat this summer. He agreed in late July to a two-year, $6MM contract with a player option on the second season. The 24-year-old has appeared in 16 games, all starts, with averages of 14.2 points, 4.0 assists and 3.4 rebounds per night. He is shooting 38.4% from the field and 34.4% on 3-pointers.
The pain of losing Waiters is lessened somewhat by the recent return of Wayne Ellington, who missed the first five weeks of the season after suffering a quad injury in Miami’s final preseason game.