Waiters (ankle) has yet to full receive full clearance for basketball activities, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Heat president Pat Riley said earlier in the summer that he was hopeful Waiters would be back to full strength for training camp, but the veteran wing is running out of time to prove his health with the Heat's first practice nearly two weeks away. Waiters, who averaged 14.3 points, 3.8 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.7 three-pointers in 30.6 minutes per game over 30 appearances before undergoing surgery on his left ankle Jan. 22, was handed a 6-to-9-month recovery timeline when he required the procedure. It's thus generally expected that Waiters will be freed of restrictions by the time the regular season commences, but any missed time during camp would hurt his case for earning a significant role right off the bat.
Waiters (ankle) expects to be a full participant when training camp opens in September, Shandel Richardson of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Waiters was limited to just 30 appearances in his second season with the Heat in 2017-18 after requiring surgery in January to address instability in his left ankle. The veteran guard has already resumed on-court activities and should soon be able to engage in full-court, five-on-five workouts, which represents the final benchmark he'll need to clear in his recovery. Waiters may get the opportunity to compete with Tyler Johnson and Wayne Ellington for a starting role at shooting guard during camp, though the 26-year-old may be a better fit on the second unit.
Waiters (ankle) resumed on-court activities Tuesday for the first time since undergoing surgery in January, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.
Waiters' presence on the court months before training camp is an encouraging sign, but it's still uncertain if he'll be cleared for full participation when the Heat reconvene in late September. The shooting guard inked a four-year, $52 million contract with Miami last summer despite dealing with a pre-existing navicular bone fracture, which limited him to just 30 games in 2017-18 before he required the procedure to address the injury. Prior to being shut down, Waiters averaged 14.3 points, 3.8 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.7 three-pointers in 30.6 minutes per contest while shooting 39.8 percent from the field and 30.6 percent from downtown.
Waiters (ankle) has progressed to "court work" but is not yet playing in pickup games, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Waiters underwent surgery in late January to address an injured left ankle, which cut his year short, as he appeared in just 30 games. The campaign marked his second straight year dealing with injuries, as he played in 46 games during the 2016-17 campaign as a result of groin and ankle issues. That said, the hope now is that Waiters can put his ankle problems behind him and resume being a go-to scoring option for the Heat. Over the past two seasons, the guard has averaged 15.2 points, 4.1 assists and 3.0 rebounds in 30.3 minutes per game. However, he's struggled with efficiency, shooting only 41.4 percent from the field, 35.6 percent from deep and 67.9 percent from the charity stripe during that stretch. It's unclear if he'll have the same exact role moving forward, as other Heat players have stepped up in his absence. Notably, Josh Richardson was a force on both ends of the floor and was crucial in Miami's success during 2017-18, averaging 12.9 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.5 steals in 33.2 minutes with higher efficiency than Waiters.
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