Dion Waiters out for Heat’s game vs. Warriors, but expected back Wednesday vs. Suns

OAKLAND, Calif. — Dion Waiters is expected to rejoin the Heat soon, just not for Monday’s game against the Warriors.

Waiters, 25, is still away from the team for the birth of his daughter, Dior Raina Waiters. But Waiters is expected to join the Heat in Phoenix for Wednesday’s game against the Suns, the fourth stop on Miami’s six-game road trip.

Dion Waiters #11 of the Miami Heat looks on during a game against the San Antonio Spurs at American Airlines Arena on October 25, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

The Heat’s starting shooting guard already missed Sunday’s win over the Clippers after taking a Saturday morning flight to Miami from Denver following the Heat’s loss to the Nuggets. Dior was born Sunday morning.

There is one incentive for Waiters to make a quick return. $1.1 million of his salary this season is tied to a bonus that kicks in if he plays in more than 70 of Miami’s 82 games, raising his 2017-18 salary from $11 million to $12.1 million.

Justise Winslow started in place of Waiters against the Clippers. In addition, undrafted rookie guard Derrick Walton Jr. was called up from Heat’s developmental-league affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce, to fill out Miami’s 15-man roster with Waiters out.

Walton’s two-way contract allows him to spend a maximum of 45 days in the NBA without counting toward the team’s 15-man roster. Monday will count as the second day used on that 45-day clock after appearing on Miami’s active roster Sunday in Los Angeles.

Waiters is averaging 15.9 points and 3.5 assists in eight games this season.

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