NBA trade rumors: Heat have made Dion Waiters, James Johnson ‘available’

The Heat could be looking to shake up their roster.

Miami forward James Johnson and guard Dion Waiters are “considered available on the trade market,” according to a report from the Miami Herald. The team is looking to move at least one contract with multiple years remaining this summer, the report says.

Miami president Pat Riley said in April he believes the team can improve this offseason.

“I think we have built a base,” Riley said, via the Miami Herald. “We have our draft choices. The possibilities of room are right around the road. Don’t be making any kind of conclusions about next year in that we’re stuck with certain contracts or whatever it is you think we can’t get out of. That would be foolish thinking.”

Waiters battled ankle injuries and was limited to just 44 games last season. He averaged 12.0 points and 2.8 assists in 25.9 minutes per appearance while shooting 37.7 percent from 3-point range.

The-27-year-old has two seasons remaining on the four-year, $52 million deal he signed with the Heat in July 2017.

“There is no doubt Dion Waiters is a level away from his maximum potential,” Riley said in April. “He really has been playing this year on 1 1 /2 ankles. The surgery he had was extensive. It wasn’t just one part of his ankle. It took him a year. You could see him gaining his stride at the end of the season.”

Johnson, meanwhile, has been with the Heat since 2016-17. He has also played for the Raptors, Bulls, Kings and Grizzlies during his 10-year career.

Miami is also interested in a “salary-designed trade” with the Cavaliers for JR Smith, according to an earlier report from The Athletic.

The Heat finished the season with a 39-43 record and missed the playoffs for the second time in three years.