Guard Derrick Walton Jr. rejoins Miami Heat for developmental purposes

Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra talks with guard Derrick Walton Jr. during the second half of a preseason game against Charlotte last month.  (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

MIAMI – Guard Derrick Walton Jr. is back with the Heat.

Walton was re-called today from Sioux Falls and will be active for tonight’s game against the Pacers.

Walton is on a two-way contract which limits his time in the NBA to 45 days. This is his ninth day against that limit. He has appeared in one game, playing one minute in Miami’s loss at Golden State. Walton also spent the first four days of the season with the Heat before Sioux Falls started training camp.

The Heat have played the last two games one player shy of the allowable 13-man active limit. Forwards Rodney McGruder (stress fracture left leg) and Okaro White (broken bone left foot) remain out and center AJ Hammons is in Sioux Falls.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said the Heat feel they have enough bodies and recalling Walton is more about development.

“They don’t play for a while, so we thought it would be a good opportunity to spend some time with us,’” Spoelstra said about the Skyforce, who are off until Friday. “It’s more about development. We feel like we can roll with we have.”

Walton has played three games at Sioux Falls, averaging 15.3 points and 8.0 assists while shooting 42.5 percent from the field. The Skyforce, 4-3 overall, are 0-3 in those games Walton has played.

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Add Heat center Hassan Whiteside to long list of injuries around the NBA. Is shortened preseason to blame?

MIAMI — The Heat started the 2016-17 season on Oct. 26. The opener came on Oct. 18 this season.

That’s because the NBA shortened the preseason and moved up the start of the regular season this year in an effort to reduce back-to-back situations and allow for more days in between games during the six-month schedule. But has the quicker turnaround from training camp to the start of the regular season played a role in all of the injuries around the league early on? Continue reading “Add Heat center Hassan Whiteside to long list of injuries around the NBA. Is shortened preseason to blame?”

Roster moves: Miami Heat cut Liggins, McCree, Mitchell; keep Walton, Williams, Hammons

Miami Heat’s Matt Williams, left, talks with Bam Adebayo (13) during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, in Miami. The Heat won 117-115. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

MIAMI – A no-cut Heat training camp. That’s how Erik Spoelstra looked at it.

“That’s what I like about this training camp,” Spoelstra said in September. “This is the first time that no one will officially get cut. These guys are all part of our system and we wanted to develop them.”

The Heat began Saturday with the NBA preseason-maximum of 20 players on their roster. The deadline for NBA rosters to be cut down to the regular-season limit of 15 is Monday at 5 p.m, with most of the moves having to be made by Saturday because of the league’s 48-hour waiver period. Continue reading “Roster moves: Miami Heat cut Liggins, McCree, Mitchell; keep Walton, Williams, Hammons”

AJ Hammons returns to practice, hopes to prove he belongs on Heat’s 15-man roster

MIAMI — After spending the past week away from the team due to the flu, AJ Hammons returned to practice Tuesday.

Hammons has yet to play in the preseason. He was available for the preseason opener against the Hawks on Oct. 1 but didn’t get any playing time, and he missed the past three preseason games due to the illness. Continue reading “AJ Hammons returns to practice, hopes to prove he belongs on Heat’s 15-man roster”

Miami Heat 2017 training camp preview: Hassan Whiteside is back with some new faces behind him on the depth chart

Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside smiles before an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Saturday, March 4, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

With the Heat starting training camp on Tuesday, we are ramping up our coverage with our position-by-position breakdowns. Today we bring you a closer look at where Miami stands at the center position. We went through the Heat’s point guards, shooting guards, small forwards and power forwards earlier this week. Check the bottom of this post for links to the rest of our position breakdowns. Continue reading “Miami Heat 2017 training camp preview: Hassan Whiteside is back with some new faces behind him on the depth chart”

Miami Heat summer league recap: Any players worth a two-way contract or training-camp invite?

MIAMI — Summer league is over for the Heat, but the evaluation period really never ends.

After a rough 0-5 record in the Orlando Summer League, the Heat bounced back to go 4-2 in Las Vegas. In the end, Miami’s summer league team finished with a 4-7 record. Continue reading “Miami Heat summer league recap: Any players worth a two-way contract or training-camp invite?”