Miami Heat 1-on-1: The current state of the 2018-19 team

CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 2: the the Miami Heat huddle up during a pre-season game against the Charlotte Hornets on October 2, 2018 at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Brock Williams-Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 2: the the Miami Heat huddle up during a pre-season game against the Charlotte Hornets on October 2, 2018 at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Brock Williams-Smith/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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MIAMI, FL – September 24: Dion Waiters #11 of the Miami Heat poses for a potrait during NBA Media Day on September 24, 2018 at the American Airlines Area in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice: Copyright NBAE 2018 (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL – September 24: Dion Waiters #11 of the Miami Heat poses for a potrait during NBA Media Day on September 24, 2018 at the American Airlines Area in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice: Copyright NBAE 2018 (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Ok, are you continuing to keep the faith in Dion Waiters, or are you ready to move on from him?

Tachauer: I wish I didn’t feel this way, but at this point, I’m steadily losing all faith in Dion Waiters. He’s a great scorer, and I absolutely admire his unwavering self-confidence. But him electing not to have surgery last summer, still rubs me the wrong way. As does the fact that he won’t be ready for 2018-19 play, after almost an entire season of recovery. I mean, he’s not even in near game-ready shape. This doesn’t mean I don’t want him to prove me wrong. Or that I don’t wish him only the best moving forward. But if the Heat are somehow able to unload his contract sometime soon, I won’t lose sleep over that move.

Ebrahim: The worst part about this whole situation is that he’s still the second best scorer on the team. That makes it much harder for me to say what I’m going to say: the Heat should get rid of him ASAP. He’s apparently not going to be ready for the start of the regular season and that’s been the Achilles heel of the team, starting hot. Miami is always having to play catch-up in the Eastern Conference, so if they can flip him for some type of asset right now, that’d be great. He’d be a great sixth man, instant burst of scoring off the bench for a contending team, similar to J.R. Smith and his contributions to the contending Cavaliers (clock malfunction not included). Fans have gotten to see the team play without Waiters for a while now; the game-winner against the Golden State Warriors feels like a lifetime ago now.