Dion Waiters meeting with Lakers and has history with GM Rob Pelinka

Dion Waiters meeting with Lakers and has history with GM Rob Pelinka


Dion Waiters meeting with Lakers and has history with GM Rob Pelinka

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The Los Angeles Lakers are currently meeting with free agent shooting guard Dion Waiters, who played well for the Miami Heat last season.

Earlier this offseason, Waiters declined a player option worth approximately $3.2 million, although he has indicated he may take a discount to re-sign with the Heat, where he wants to play next year. The organization will meet with Waiters in Los Angeles.

But Waiters may need to pursue other options if Miami is able to land coveted free agent Gordon Hayward. The Heat are currently considered the favorites to sign Hayward.

Waiters is represented by Landmark Sports, which was previously run by current Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka. Waiters previously called Pelinka to the Lakers “a dream come true” and called the opportunity impossible to turn down.

Meanwhile, worries about Waiters in the locker room were partially dispelled earlier this week. Teammates from the Heat recently spoke about playing with Waiters last season (via Bleacher Report):

Goran Dragic called him “the opposite” of a bad teammate. Hassan Whiteside said Waiters has “been nothing but good for us.” Spoelstra credited Waiters for “embracing our culture” and “meeting us more than halfway.”

When JJ Redick signed with the 76ers, it became significantly less likely the franchise would bring Waiters to Philadelphia for a hometown reunion.

One report estimates it would take between $8 million and $10 million per year to sign Waiters. If pursued, expect the Lakers offer a one-year deal with a potential team option for the second season.

It’s worth mentioning Los Angeles has said they will prioritize shooting this offseason during the free agency period. Much like with Rondo, who is also linked to the Lakers, Waiters shot a career-high from three-point range last year.

Waiters also had a career-high in rebounds per game as well as assists per game. His 15.8 points per game were nearly identical to his career-high in 2013-14.

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