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Heat’s Dion Waiters Ready to Return

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The Miami Heat will be getting a boost soon as Dion Waiters is ready to make his season debut for the team.

Waiters underwent ankle surgery and has been sidelined since, forcing him to miss the season so far, and has not played for more that a year.

Waiters claims he had an incredible stint with the Sioux Falls Skyforce in the G League, the Heat’s affiliate.

Claims he did not miss a shot while in Sioux Falls. https://t.co/5e3Fbemuev— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) December 30, 2018

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Heat Trade Hassan Whiteside to Blazers

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The Miami Heat have traded center Hassan Whiteside to the Portland Trail Blazers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Whiteside, 30, will head to Portland while Maurice Harkless and Meyers Leonard will head to Miami as part of the deal.

Whiteside bounced around the league prior to landing in Miami and really elevating his game, earning a four-year, $98.4 million max contract from Miami after the 2015-2016 season.

Whiteside had fallen out of favor with Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra due to a drop in his minutes, so it makes sense that the Heat shipped him out of town.

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Jimmy Butler Trade Off for Now

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A three-team trade that would have sent Jimmy Butler from the Philadelphia 76ers to the Miami Heat is reportedly off for now.

According to The Athletic’s Tim Cato, the three-team trade between the 76ers, Heat, and Dallas Mavericks sending Butler down to Miami is off, and the Heat must now find a team other than Dallas to complete the deal.

Dallas had agreed to be the third team in the trade, with the understanding that they would get Derrick Jones Jr., but the Heat instead wanted to ship Goran Dragic to Dallas.

Dallas eventually backed off the deal saying that absorbing his deal would be too much, according to the New York Times’ Marc Stein.

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Heat, Rockets Meeting with Jimmy Butler

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It appears as though Philadelphia 76ers superstar Jimmy Butler will be a busy man once free agency officially kicks off on Sunday.

According to ESPN’s Stefano Fusaro, Butler has an appreciation for the Miami Heat franchise and will meet with their reps once free agency opens.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Butler will meet with the Houston Rockets in Los Angeles early in the week.

While Butler has been heavily linked to the Rockets, via a sign and trade deal, there is growing belief that Butler is favoring a move to South Beach to play for the Heat.

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