Dion Waiters Trade Rumors: Heat Want to Reintegrate Suspended SG into Rotation

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistDecember 27, 2019

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - OCTOBER 09: Dion Waiters #11 of the Miami Heat brings the ball up the court against the Charlotte Hornets during their game at Spectrum Center on October 09, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.
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The Miami Heat are reportedly leaving the door open for Dion Waiters to play for them this season. 

Per The Athletic's Shams Charania, Heat president Pat Riley met with Waiters recently to make "it clear that the team hopes for a fresh start" and wants the veteran guard to reintegrate himself into the team's rotation. 

Waiters hasn't appeared in a game since Apr. 10, the final day of the 2018-19 regular season.

The Heat suspended Waiters for at least the season opener against the Memphis Grizzlies for conduct detrimental to the team. He was later suspended 10 games for consuming an edible that caused him to have a panic attack during the team's Nov. 7 flight to Los Angeles for a game against the Lakers. 

Despite being eligible to return on Nov. 30, Waiters remained sidelined. The 28-year-old was once again suspended on Dec. 12 for six games due to continued insubordination. 

Per Five Reasons Sports Network (h/t The New York Post), Waiters' suspension stemmed from posting an Instagram photo of himself on a boat after he told the team he was unavailable due to an illness. 

Waiters has been a productive player for the Heat when he's on the court. The Syracuse alum averaged 12.0 points per game last season and shot 37.7 percent from three-point range. 

Miami hasn't missed Waiters' production to this point. The team owns the third-best record in the Eastern Conference (22-8) and has a nine-game lead over the Orlando Magic in the Southeast Division.