Bjelica finished with eight points (3-6 FG, 2-5 3PT), two rebounds and one steal over 17 minutes in a 116-109 win over the Warriors on Thursday.
In Bjelica's third game with the Heat, the forward received much more playing time than his previous two games. Trevor Ariza has maintained his spot in the starting rotation over the past week, but Bjelica may get closer to an even split in playing time as he gets more comfortable with his new team.
Bjelica played only five minutes off the bench in his Heat debut Monday night against the Knicks.
Acquired from the Kings at the deadline, Bjelica played only a small role in his first game with the Heat, failing to attempt a field goal in five minutes while adding one rebound and one turnover. For now, Miami is favoring Trevor Ariza at the nominal power forward spot, but Bjelica figures to work his way into a more consistent role as he settles in with his new team.
Bjelica will be available for Monday's game against the Knicks, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.
After coming over from Sacramento via trade Thursday, BJelica has passed all medical protocols and will be available to make his debut Monday night. The veteran wing was in and out of the Kings' rotation this season, but it was just last season that he averaged 11.5 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.9 made threes in 27.9 minutes per game -- all career bests. Bjelica likely won't see close to 30 minutes per game, but his stock was boosted when LaMarcus Aldridge opted to sign with the Nets.
Bjelica (recently traded) will not play Friday against the Hornets.
Bjelica was recently dealt from the Kings to the Heat on Thursday, but he'll need more time before he can debut with his new team. Once he does, he'll be a candidate to start at the recently vacated power forward spot, as Kelly Olynyk was traded to the Rockets.
Bjelica was traded to the Heat from the Kings on Thursday in exchange for Maurice Harkless and Chris Silva, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Miami acquired Harkless in the offseason in an attempt to replace Jae Crowder, who left for the Suns. Harkless couldn't find footing in Miami's rotation, so the Heat were clearly comfortable flipping him for someone else to try to fill the void. Bjelica has seen 16.9 minutes per game this season and has averaged 7.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists. That seems like a reasonable floor to expect out of him moving forward. It's possible he regains the fantasy relevance he had in 2019-20, but that would require him to start taking playing time away from Kelly Olynyk, Precious Achiuwa and Andre Iguodala.
Bjelica tallied zero points (0-5 FG, 0-4 3Pt), six rebounds and two assists in 15 minutes during Wednesday's 121-119 win over the Wizards.
Bjelica has gotten back into the rotation over the past eight games, and he's averaged 6.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 18.5 minutes. Marvin Bagley breaking his hand should continue to give Bjelica opportunities, though the veteran's name has been swirling in trade rumors, and it's possible he's not on the Kings after the deadline.
Bjelica logged eight points (3-4 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 1-2 FT), four rebounds, three assists and one steal over 12 minutes in Friday's 110-107 win over the Pistons.
Bjelica didn't appear in any of the last three games, but he saw double-digit minutes off the bench in Friday's narrow win. He shot 75 percent from the floor while also generating modest production in rebounds and assists. Bjelica's role off the bench has been unpredictable recently, but he's efficient when he's given opportunities.
Bjelica will come off the bench Saturday against the Bulls.
After starting Thursday, Bjelica will head back to the bench. However, he could still see significant action, as the Kings are dealing with multiple frontcourt absences. In the four games this season that Bjelica has seen at least 20 minutes, he has averaged 15.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists.
Bjelica produced 25 points (11-21 FG, 2-9 3Pt, 1-3 FT), eight rebounds, three assists and two steals across 35 minutes in Thursday's 118-110 loss to the Heat.
Bjelica was a surprise start leading up to Thursday's game, as many expected Marvin Bagley to run alongside Hassan Whiteside in a game without Richaun Holmes and Harrison Barnes. Although Bagley turned in a strong game, it was Bjelica who surpassed all scorers in the loss. While he's too risky as a fantasy prospect, he may be worth considering if Holmes or Barnes is out for the weekend, as the Kings play a back-to-back on Saturday and Sunday.
Bjelica will start Thursday's game against the Heat, James Ham of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Bjelica is set for his first start of the season after he played just five minutes during Monday's loss to the Nets. The 32-year-old's role has been all over the place this season, as he hasn't even appeared in 14 of the team's 27 games. Bjelica will have a chance to improve on his season high of 15 points in the starting role.
Bjelica has appeared in each of the Kings' last three games, averaging 8.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 0.7 three-pointers in 20.0 minutes.
Nearly all of Bjelica's production came over the weekend in losses to the Magic and the Grizzlies, when Sacramento was without Marvin Bagley (calf). Though Bagley worked as the Kings' starting center in his return from a two-game absence Monday, little playing time was left over for Bjelica, as head coach Luke Walton elected to ride Harrison Barnes more heavily at power forward. Bjelica -- who played just five first-half minutes in the loss -- could be in danger of falling out of the rotation entirely if Richaun Holmes is ready to go for Thursday's game versus the Heat.
Bjelica posted 15 points (5-8 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 4-5 FT), nine rebounds and six assists Friday in a loss to the Magic.
Bjelica entered the contest having last played Jan. 9, but he got extended run for the short-handed Kings, logging a season-high 28 minutes. His point, rebound and assist totals were also all season-best marks. The veteran's opportunity to play Friday was largely due to Marvin Bagley's inability to take the court due to a calf injury, but Bjelica's strong performance could lead to more opportunities even after Bagley returns.
Bjelica (back) was active for Saturday's 119-114 win over the Nuggets, but he didn't get off the bench in a coach's decision.
Bjelica hasn't seen any action since Jan. 9, with most of those absences being attributed to a back injury. Though the 32-year-old was available Saturday, his lack of use implies that he's simply out of head coach Luke Walton's rotation at this time. The Kings have been making more use of small-ball lineups of late, as sixth man Tyrese Haliburton has benefited from some extra run while starting small forward Harrison Barnes has seen more action behind Marvin Bagley as the top backup at power forward.
Bjelica (back) isn't on the injury report for Saturday's game against the Nuggets.
Bjelica had been dealing with back spasms, but it appears as though he'll be able to suit up Saturday. Even though he'll be active, he's unlikely to see significant playing time for Sacramento.
Bjelica (back) didn't play Monday against the Pelicans.
Bjelica was listed as questionable leading up to the contest, but he was ultimately unable to go. His next chance to return comes Wednesday against Boston.
Bjelica (back) is listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Pelicans.
Bjelica continues to deal with back spasms, which kept him out of a ninth straight game Saturday night in Miami. The hope is that he'll be able to return to mix in the near future, but it's very much unclear how realistic that may be.
Bjelica (back) is doubtful for Saturday's game against the Heat.
Bjelica has missed eight games in a row and is likely to remain sidelined Saturday. Assuming he's out, his next chance to play is Monday against the Pelicans.
Bjelica (back) is out Friday against the Raptors, James Ham of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
As expected, Bjelica will miss an eighth straight game. However, he had been ousted from the rotation before the injury.
Bjelica (back) is listed as doubtful for Friday's game against the Raptors.
Bjelica looks to be in danger of missing his second game in a row due to back spasms. The potential absence of Bjelica wouldn't affect the team's rotation considering he's been warming the bench since Jan. 9.
Bjelica (back) is unavailable Wednesday against the Magic.
The 32-year-old is inactive for Wednesday's contest due to a back injury. Bjelica also missed the previous two games for personal reasons and hasn't seen game action since Jan. 9.
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