Heat Notes: Waiters, Haslem, Ellington

The Heat have hit Dion Waiters with a fine after he publicly griped about his playing time earlier in the week, suggesting he was tired of being “patient” as he waited for an increased role. Miami didn’t disclose how much the fine for Waiters was worth, but said it was for conduct detrimental to the team, as David Furones of The South Florida Sun Sentinel tweets.

Head coach Erik Spoelstra addressed the issue today, telling reporters that dropping expletives and complaining to the media about his playing time won’t earn Waiters more minutes (Twitter link via Furones).

“I think it’s important for him to realize: Our team is much different than when he left last year, and while his teammates are really here to support him, nobody is volunteering their rotation minutes to him. It’ll have to be earned just like everybody else,” Spoelstra said, per Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald. “These concepts of patience and surrendering to the team, whether we want to put expletives in front of it or behind it, those are going to be very important concepts for him to embrace, and I think he will.”

Here’s more on Waiters and the Heat:

  • According to Jackson, Waiters said today that he’s glad he let his frustration out, but he should have expressed it differently. “I was frustrated,” Waiters said. “I want to play. I want to speed this process up a little bit. I don’t mean no harm to nobody. I’m not perfect nor do I try to be. I just want to play the game I love that I missed for a year.” Waiters added that he “absolutely” wants to remain with the Heat.
  • Multiple teammates, including Udonis Haslem, spoke to Waiters – both privately and during a team meeting on Wednesday – about channeling his frustration in more productive ways, writes Jackson. “We don’t have any bad apples on our team,” Haslem said. “We understand Dion’s comments, while not the right thing to do, are coming from a good place.”
  • Waiters isn’t the only Heat player frustrated by his role. In a separate article for The Miami Herald, Jackson reports that Wayne Ellington‘s agent has had conversations with Heat officials about his client’s limited role and his future with the club. According to Jackson, the team stressed that it values Ellington and is aware he’d like to play more, but no promises were made.
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10 thoughts on “Heat Notes: Waiters, Haslem, Ellington

  1. Rewane

    Waiters is to blame here, but a lot of blame has to be put on the FO for assembling a mediocre team filled with mediocre rotational players who think (rightfully or not) or should be playing 5 to 10 more minutes per game.

  2. AnthonyDavisIsGoat23

    Heat have a lot of problems. Either get rid of the coach or trade the players. Whiteside has been complaining for almost two years now. ES is not a good coach

    • Mjm117

      ES is not a good coach. He’s one of the few elite championship coaches in the NBA

      • Reflect

        Based on what? That he won championships on a stacked roster that had 3 hall of fame players on it, and a 4th that easily would be HOF if he didn’t get derailed by blood clots?

        • stretch123

          Which championship has ever not had a hall of famer on it? Those who watch the Heat know Spo is a great coach. Don’t be hating for no reason, bud.

    • Mjm117

      And since HW got paid his passion and production decreased, which resulted in his minutes following suit.

  3. tealmarlin

    Waiters shouldn’t be demanding anything, he has played like 30 games for the Heat, very inconsistent player, talks too much and always leave teams in not the best terms. The only thing he has done in a Heat uniform is hit a 3 against the Warriors. can’t even stay healthy or in shape. + we got too many guards the last 3 years half our team has been full of SGs.

  4. Billy Winters

    I dont see 1 comment about Pat Riley, he has botched almost every move since LBJ left. Matched TJohnson, gave Waiters, OLynk and Whiteside huge deals, over payed Dragic. The only good thing he has done is drafting and low key signings. Overplayed his hand on almost everything else.

    • x%sure

      The Heat evaluate okay, but overpay, and can’t let go. This ties up the roster and takes away Riley’s best strength, recruiting.

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