After the Lakers struck out on the NBA commerce deadline, they held hope they could reinforce their backcourt by luring veteran degree guard Darren Collison away from retirement.
Collison, who had been reconsidering his time away from basketball, decided this weekend he wasn’t in a position to return to the game.
Los Angeles, then, is left with few decisions to reinforce ahead of the postseason, the place it ought to seemingly need to beat the Clippers to succeed in the NBA Finals.
One participant the Lakers are reportedly now considering is Dion Waiters, who was exiled by the Heat earlier this season for his off-court conduct, traded to the Grizzlies after which waived on Sunday. Waiters handed out on Miami’s workforce airplane in November after reportedly consuming too many marijuana gummies. He has moreover lashed out at coaches over participating in time.
Despite his sometimes peculiar antics, Waiters could possibly be a prolific scorer when on excessive of his sport. The 28-year-old has averaged 13.2 elements per sport over the course of his career.
Waiters had been considerably environment friendly in his 46 video video games for the Heat in the 2016-17 advertising marketing campaign. He averaged practically 16 elements per sport, shot 39.5 p.c from previous the arc and nailed quite a lot of memorable game-winning buckets. Miami went 28-21 in video video games he carried out and 13-20 in video video games he missed.
Waiters’ career has gone downhill since then, though. He has battled accidents and did not be environment-friendly from the sector for prolonged stretches.
The Lakers would seemingly use the Syracuse product and 2012 No. 4 common resolve as a bench ballhandler who would enable coach Frank Vogel to spell the struggling duo of Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley.
The workforce is reportedly moreover weighing former Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith as a attainable late-season pickup.