Rodney McGruder
Rodney McGruder
27-Year-Old GuardG
Los Angeles Clippers
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Due to a leg injury, McGruder didn't make his season debut until late February, going on to play 18 games for the Heat. He held a relatively small role, seeing 16.6 minutes per night and averaging 5.1 points with 1.8 rebounds. The attempts were limited, but the 26-year-old shot 15-of-35 from thee (42.9 percent), an upgrade from his rookie mark of 33.2 percent. It’ll continue to be difficult for the Kansas State product to garner significant run, as Miami’s logjam on the wing didn't get any relief over the offseason. Even in deep Fantasy leagues, owners would be best to avoid McGruder. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $3.4 million contract with the Heat in July of 2016. Waived by the Heat in April of 2019. Claimed off waivers by the Clippers in April of 2019.
Scooped up by Clippers
GLos Angeles Clippers
April 9, 2019
McGruder was claimed off waivers by the Clippers on Tuesday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
McGruder was let go by the Heat on Sunday, although it didn't take long for him to find a new home. Even though he's not eligible for the playoffs, McGruder could have a chance to play in Wednesday's final regular-season game against the Jazz.
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
McGruder, in his first NBA season last year, saw a solid 25.2 minutes per game, largely due to a myriad of injuries plaguing the Heat. The 6-foot-4 wing underwhelmed, however, posting just 6.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists while shooting 41.3 percent from the field and 73-of-220 (33.2 percent) from beyond the arc. He’s a gritty defender, despite being undersized. Ultimately, the Heat are hoping he can turn into a more proficient three-point shooter and ball-handler as well. That said, he may struggle to find the workload he garnered last season, especially if the team stays relatively healthy. He’ll be fighting with the likes of Tyler Johnson, Justice Winslow, Josh Richardson and Wayne Ellington for reserve minutes at the shooting guard and small forward. Even if he does see a tad over 25 minutes per game again during the 2017-18 campaign, he’s a very low-usage player, which generally doesn’t bode well in a Fantasy context.
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Hits open market
GFree Agent
April 7, 2019
McGruder was waived by the Heat on Sunday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
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Minor role in return
GMiami Heat
April 4, 2019
McGruder (knee) posted zero points (0-1 FG, 0-1 3Pt) and two rebounds in 10 minutes off the bench Wednesday in the Heat's 112-102 loss to the Celtics.
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Available Wednesday
GMiami Heat
April 3, 2019
McGruder (knee) is available Wednesday against the Celtics, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
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Questionable Wednesday
GMiami Heat
Knee
April 2, 2019
McGruder (knee) is considered questionable for Wednesday's game against the Celtics, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
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Out next two games
GMiami Heat
Knee
March 29, 2019
McGruder (knee) won't play in the Heat's next two games, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.
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