Dion Waiters Officially Signs With The Lakers


His numbers - 28 points, 9 assists and 7 rebounds - aren't even that eye-popping by his lofty standards, but as anyone who watches the Lakers play this season knows, he's critical to almost ever single positive thing this team does, and can make plays at the right time against anyone, no matter who is guarding him. The Heat traded him to Memphis last month and the Grizzlies immediately waived him. The Lakers ultimately felt that as long as Waiters is professional, he would be an asset to the team and help their scoring off the bench.

The Lakers are reserving the option to release Waiters if the union doesn't work out, according to Charania.

The Lakers also worked out veteran guard JR Smith, who met Monday with Pelinka and Vogel informally after his workout.

Smith hasn't played an National Basketball Association game since parting ways with the Cleveland Cavaliers after the 2018-19 season.

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Waiters will fill the roster vacancy created by the release of Troy Daniels. The team would have to get rid of another player to add another piece. However, the 6-foot-3 guard could hit shots from the outside that was seen as of more interest to the Lakers. However, it's the superstar duo of James and Anthony Davis that has carried the squad to a 47-13 record and top spot in the West. There is a lot of talk that he's worthy of the MVP, but he has said that award - which he's won four times - doesn't motivate him. "Regular-season MVP has never motivated me".

He was suspended a third time for six games when, per reports, he told the Heat he was sick and posted an Instagram photo of himself on a boat.

He had played just three games with the Heat this season after various problems led to three suspensions by the team, including one in November for 10 games for conduct detrimental to the team after his reported panic attack on the team plane from ingesting THC-infused edibles.