Report: Dion Waiters’ Role Upon Return to Miami Heat Revealed'
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Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters will be reinstated on Tuesday after serving his two-week suspension.

His tumultuous 2019-20 campaign could become even more interesting when he comes back from his third suspension of the season and resumes practicing with the team. Not only that, the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson reports that Waiters will also be “on the bench during games,” but his chances of entering a game are doubtful.

Waiters, who has not appeared in a single game this season, is considered virtually untradable and his career is likely over, according to reports.

However, there is a chance that he can be useful for the Heat regardless of his shaky status with the team. It can use his salary as trade filler for a potential deal down the road.

Jackson also adds that a buyout is an option that the Heat are mulling over, but Waiters wants it on his terms.

“A source briefed on the situation said the Heat has been open to a buyout of the final year-and-a-half of his contract, but Waiters at this point has been disinclined to accept anything less than $12.1 million he’s owed this year and the $12.7 million he’s due to make next season,” wrote Jackson.

Unfortunately for the Heat, they would not receive salary-cap relief in the event that Waiters is waived. He is under contract until the end of next season.

The Syracuse University alum has averaged 14.0 points, 2.9 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game for the Heat the last three seasons.

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Omar is a freelance writer who has followed the NBA for more than 30 years. Prior to the Internet, he devoured every reading material he could find on the game from newspaper articles to books and magazines. He became a Heat fan the moment they acquired Tim Hardaway and his killer crossover, and lamented not seeing him and Alonzo Mourning win a championship. Seeing Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh play in Miami was a surreal moment for him and more so after they validated the Decision with back-to-back championships. He is ecstatic to cover Miami basketball for Heat Nation.