Lakers to meet with Dion Waiters

Lakers to meet with Dion Waiters

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The past 2 days, since free agency has started, have been relatively quiet for LA. The Lakers have stuck to their guns about waiting things out to see where free agency goes. There have been rumors, especially in regards to Rondo, however one surprising name that has come up is Dion Waiters.

Dion Waiters had a somewhat break out year, especially in the last 2 months of the season. Many believe that if not for injuries, he would have lead the Miami Heat into the playoffs. Unfortunately, he did get injured with a left ankle sprain on 3/18/2017.  Prior to his injury, he was averaging roughly 17 points per game, while shooting at a 46% clip and a whopping 43.2% from distance.

Waiters was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2012 with the 4th overall pick.  After spending 2 seasons he was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder in a 3-team trade that sent Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith to the Cavaliers, with Lou Amundson and Alex Kirk going to the New York Knicks. He struggled at the start, but started to really find his place in the lineup towards the end of the year.

In 2015-16 Dion Waiters was the first man off the bench in favor of the better defensive Andre Roberson. That said, he had a steady year with the Thunder with a few solid games. He averaged a solid 9 points per game with 2 rebounds off the bench. After that year, he declared for free agency and was signed to a 1 year deal with the Miami Heat.

There was a consensus (editor’s note: not so sure on consensus) that Waiters would likely command at least 2-3 years for at least $17-$19 million a year. With the Lakers commitment to 1 year deals or 1+1 deals with a team option it is unusual that this may be an option for them. Only time will tell what the actual details on the deal will be. We can only hope that the Lakers sign someone before Rondo becomes an option.

(Writers note H/T to Harrison Faigen of Silver Screen and Roll: Dion Waiters is a former client of Rob Pelinka’s)

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