Waiters expressed displeasure with his playing time after Tuesday's loss to Milwaukee, the Miami Herald reports.
Waiters used some coarse language with reporters after the game and went on to say: "I want to play. I've been patient long enough. What do I got to be patient for? Come on man. I've been patient. I think everybody knows that. It's time. What are we waiting for? If I'm out there, play me." Waiters saw just 12 minutes of action in Tuesday's blowout, which came on the heels of Saturday's game against Memphis, in which he was limited to 12 minutes. The veteran indicated that he hadn't spoken to coach Erik Spoelstra directly about the situation, but his comments Tuesday certainly won't go unheard. Since returning from a lengthy injury absence, Waiters is averaging 7.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 15.6 minutes across five contests.
Waiters picked up a second consecutive DNP-CD on Sunday against Atlanta, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
After a layoff of more than a calendar year, Waiters made his return Wednesday against Cleveland, playing 11 minutes off the bench and finishing with seven points and three assists. At that point, it looked as though the guard would be gradually reintroduced to the regular rotation, but less than a week later it appears he may be on the outside looking in, as Erik Spoelstra has favored Dwyane Wade, Tyler Johnson and Derrick Jones, Jr. as his guards off the bench. "I would love to be playing, working my way back in gradually, whatever the case may be, just keep building on that so it doesn't take too long for me to get back and just keep playing," Waiters said. "That's what it's going to take to get me back, it's actually play, seeing it more and more, even if we start out small [minutes] and continue to just keep building that load up."
Waiters made his season debut Wednesday against Cleveland and finished with seven points (3-9 FG, 1-6 3PT, 0-2 FT) in 11 minutes of action.
Playing for the first time in more than a calendar year, Waiters wasted no time getting back to his old ways, taking nine shots in 11 minutes and adding a pair of rebounds and three assists. It remains to be seen where Waiters will factor into the rotation, but he'll likely battle for minutes with Tyler Johnson, Dwyane Wade and Rodney McGruder, while Wayne Ellington remains on the outside looking in.
Waiters (ankle) is available to play in Wednesday's game against the Cavaliers, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.
After a lengthy absence to start the season while he worked his way back from ankle surgery, Waiters will suit up Wednesday night and be available to play in Cleveland. Given how long Waiters has been sidelined, he will likely be very limited at the start while he catches up to speed, but Waiters is expected to be a key contributor in the Heat's backcourt this season once he is a full go.
Waiters (ankle) will be a game-time call for Wednesday's matchup with the Cavs, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
It's been a long road back for Waiters, who hasn't played in more than a calendar year while working back from ankle surgery. But he made the trip to Cleveland with the Heat and will have a chance to make his season debut Wednesday, assuming all goes well in shootaround and pregame. In the event Waiters is cleared, he'd likely see limited minutes as he works his way back into what's already a somewhat-crowded guard rotation.
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