Dion Waiters is expected to opt out of his contract and become a free agent, and he will undoubtedly have many suitors following a breakout year with the Miami Heat.
And one of those suitors, according to many around the league, will be the Los Angeles Lakers.
Per the Miami Herald:
Though there had been some concern that Dion Waiters’ former agent, new Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka, might make a big offer for Waiters this summer,Lakers executive Magic Johnson – whose team has $23 million in cap space – told reporters: “I’m really looking to keep the cap space that we have and really try to play in next year’s free agent class, and not really this free agent class.”
The Heat wants to keep Waiters but doesn’t want to overpay.
Waiters, 25, was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the No. 4 overall draft pick in 2012. He was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2015, before signing with the Heat last summer.
He played in just 46 games with the Heat, but helped rejuvenate coach Erik Spoelstra’s offense in the post-Big Three era of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.
Waiters averaged 15.8 points and 4.3 assists per game for the season.