With only nine players active for the Heat on Tuesday night, center Dewayne Dedmon had an opportunity to rejoin the rotation, but his night didn’t last long.
After being subbed out of the game less than three minutes into the second quarter, Dedmon got into an argument on the sidelines with head coach Erik Spoelstra and assistant Caron Butler, per Anthony Chiang of The Miami Herald (subscription required).
When the big man, visibly angry, left the bench and began walking toward the locker room, he swatted at a Theragun and sent the massage device flying onto the court in the middle of play (video link via Bleacher Report). The incident resulted in his ejection from the game, and there’s an expectation that the NBA will fine or suspend Dedmon for tossing something onto the court during play, Chiang writes.
Dedmon, the Heat’s primary reserve center earlier in the season, has fallen out of the rotation as of late despite the ongoing absence of big man Omer Yurtseven (ankle surgery). With two-way center Orlando Robinson assuming backup duties behind Bam Adebayo, Dedmon hasn’t played more than 10 minutes in a game since December 14.
As Ira Winderman of The South Florida Sun Sentinel writes, Robinson’s emergence and the anticipated return of Yurtseven later this season have essentially made Dedmon expendable for the Heat, so the 33-year-old is a good bet to wind up on the trade block once he becomes eligible to be dealt this Sunday.
Dedmon is in the first season of a two-year, $9MM contract he signed with the Heat last summer, but his $4.3MM salary for 2023/24 is non-guaranteed, so it shouldn’t require a significant asset for Miami to move off of his deal.
If they’re able to move him in a salary-dump trade, the Heat would create enough breathing room below the luxury tax line to immediately fill the 15th spot on their roster in addition to replacing Dedmon. Robinson is a strong candidate to be promoted to fill that spot sooner or later.
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“per Anthony Chiang of The Miami Herald”
Which draft class was/will be better 1987 or 2017? Donovan Mitchell/Jayson Tatum/De’Aaron Fox/John Collins/Dillon Brooks/Kyle Kuzma/Lauri Markannen/Lonzo Ball/Markelle Fultz/Jarrett Allen vs David Robinson/Scottie Pippen/Reggie Miller/Kevin Johnson/Horace Grant/Mark Jackson/Reggie Lewis/Derrick McKey/Sarunas Marciulonis/Muggsy Bogues…
Joe Wolf Vs Julian Wright?
2 fairly similar athletic forwards who both peaked well before turning pro. Julian Wright obv wasn’t in either of these draft classes tho. Apparently you read the question wrong. No matter tho, you wouldn’t have been able to answer it anyway
You are correct. I pay very little attention to what you write.
Lol we both know that’s a lie. Just yesterday you brought up the fact that I compared Cam Reddish & Tracy McGrady. I made that comparison over a year ago & you remembered lol. You obviously put a lot of stock in everything I say, it’s pretty flattering tbh. The fact that you’re ashamed of it is sorta hilarious lol. You should never feel ashamed of learning tho. Tbh you’ll learn a lot more if you stop fighting it so much & stop having such negative feelings towards these incredible athletes
You doin’ ok?
Curt Rowe leave that man alone… you made him PAUSE his video game to type all that.
‘87 and it won’t be close
Aye somebody answered it lol. Any reasoning behind your choice?
It’s not often you see a video of a man losing 4.3 million. Too bad for Dedmon has he would have a few more years left in the league if he could just chill and accept his role.
Well, he was in fact OUT of the league couple yrs ago when Heat signed him to a 10 day contract. Heat rewarded him with not only a guarantee contract that yr but a big raise this offseason. He needs to apologize to Spo, teammates, fans and go back to 10 day contract mentality. It’s a long season and he will have his opportunity to play if he’s not released.
Bulls could take him off their hands in return for a pick. They could slide him into their ever diminishing trade exception. They could use a big anyway, can dump Tony Bradley who never playsc anyway. With Javonte Green hurt, they need somebody.