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Eager to create cap space, the Miami Heat have gauged the trade market for shooting guard Dion Waiters, league sources told Amico Hoops.
Waiters has three years and roughly $36 million left on his contract.
Currently, the Heat’s 2018-19 salary stands close to $120 million and that’s with Dwyane Wade, Wayne Ellington and Udonis Haslem unsigned, three players Miami wants to bring back.
Waiters only played in 30 games this past season. The scoring guard underwent left ankle surgery in January. The 26-year-old averaged 14.3 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.8 assists, shooting 39.8 percent from the field and 30.6 percent from three.
The Heat have a crowded backcourt with Goran Dragic, Josh Richardson and Wade (if he doesn’t retire) all expected to get significant playing time. That could lead to Waiters being the odd man out.
So far, Miami hasn’t found a suitable trade market for Waiters, as opposing teams are unsure how he’s going to produce after coming off ankle surgery.