Whether Dwyane Wade returns isn’t the only uncertainty facing the Heat at shooting guard. There also remains the unanswered question about when Dion Waiters will be back from January ankle surgery.
Long before undergoing the surgery on Jan. 22, Waiters said recovery from such a procedure would last eight to 10 months. The eight-month mark would be Sept. 22. Ten months would be late November. The team has not disclosed a timetable.
Heat point guard Briante Weber said Thursday that Waiters is not participating in any contact work with teammates or playing pickup games.
“He’s doing his own workouts; he is on his own lane,” Weber said at Bam Adebayo’s South Beach event benefiting Adebayo’s charitable foundation.
“The team we have, he doesn’t need to rush it,” Weber said. “We have guys capable of taking his share and holding it down until he gets back. We’re preaching to him to get healthy first and don’t rush it. The one thing you don’t want is to reinjure yourself. The game’s not going anywhere. We need you for the long run.”
Waiters, who has been commenting on his progress on Instagram, has been doing on-court work for a while and posted this week: “Stay tune. Can’t wait to get back.” If Wade bypasses a return and if Waiters isn’t ready by the start of the season, Erik Spoelstra could go with a combination of Tyler Johnson, Wayne Ellington and Derrick Jones Jr. at shooting guard.