The Heat on Thursday fined guard Dion Waiters for publicly venting about his lack of playing time earlier this week, and Erik Spoelstra made clear that Waiters’ call to be reinserted in the starting lineup won’t have any affect on the coach’s decisions.
“Obviously, it’s not acceptable behavior, particularly coming off the type of disappointing loss we had the other night,” Spoelstra said, with the Heat declining to specify the amount of the fine, which was assessed for “conduct detrimental to the team.”
Waiters said he’s glad he said something, but he should have said it differently.
He said he wants to remain with the Heat: “Absolutely,” he said after a Heat practice Thursday in suburban Detroit, in advance of Friday’s game at the Pistons. “I feel like we started something. Why not finish it? But I understand it’s a business also.”
The Heat shopped him in trades last summer, according to two competing NBA general managers. Waiters’ four-year, $52 million contract runs two more seasons after this one.