Through 26 games, Dion Waiters has yet to take the court this season. Sadly, it seems unlikely he will take the court again at all.
When Dion Waiters first arrived in Miami, he showed signs of becoming the player the Cleveland Cavaliers envisioned when they made him the No. 4 overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. But after struggling with multiple different injuries for the past few years, things have only gone downhill for him.
This season is the most concerning for Dion. Earlier this week, he was suspended for the third time in two months for a "failure to adhere to team policies, violation of team rules and continued insubordination." Thanks to a report from Five Reasons Sports Network, which was confirmed by the Miami Herald, we know now that his most recent suspension was due to Waiters calling out sick, only to then post a picture of himself on a boat.
The ongoing six-game suspension, which runs through Dec. 23, was - as fivereasonssports first reported - partly the byproduct of Waiters posting Instagram pictures of himself on a boat during a period last week when he told the team he was unable to practice or play because of an illness.
A source on Sunday confirmed to The Miami Herald that the boat incident was a factor in this latest suspension but not the only one.
There have been more than a half dozen team violations by Waiters this season, including complaining on the bench during the preseason finale, refusing to do a required weigh-in and several inappropriate posts on social media.
As the report details, there have been countless violations by Waiters this season, including the famous "gummy overdose" incident, in which he passed out on the team plane.
These issues, and the team's success without him on the floor, will likely lead to his permanent exit from Miami. In a report by Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald, the Heat are, indeed, looking for ways to move on from the veteran shooting guard.
Hopefully, he is able to find joy and peace in whatever comes next.