Lakers to sign Dion Waiters to bolster backcourt scoring

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Lakers have not yet officially signed him, a person with knowledge of the negotiations confirmed, and might not officially confirm his addition until Friday.Waiters has relationships with several key Lakers figures, including General Manager Rob Pelinka (his former agent), LeBron James (a former teammate) and Rich Paul (his agent, who also represents James and Anthony Davis). He’s a native of Philadelphia, like Markieff Morris.The Lakers appear hopeful that their strong bonds with Waiters can override some of the issues that he’s landed in this season. The Heat suspended him three times for team rules violations, including a high-profile incident when Waiters had a reported panic attack induced by marijuana edibles. The Lakers took a similar venture on Dwight Howard this summer, offering the big man a second run with the franchise when he was considered nearly out of the league. Waiters is in similarly dire straits as a free agent who has received little other reported interest.A Syracuse product and former first-round pick (No. 4 overall, 2012) of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Waiters also had a stint in Oklahoma City. A mercurial player who has at times dazzled and at others feuded with teammates behind the scenes, he’s spawned a popular meme in which his supporters acknowledge themselves as inhabitants of “Waiters Island.” Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error EL SEGUNDO — The Lakers are no stranger to making roster gambles in recent years. With their latest, they’re hoping for a payoff come postseason.The team intends to sign Dion Waiters, a 6-foot-3, 28-year-old guard, to its final roster spot on a minimum deal. The Athletic was first to report that Waiters and the Lakers had agreed in principle to a deal.Waiters had worked out for the Lakers on Monday in hopes of reviving a career that has recently stalled: In his fourth season in Miami, Waiters played just three games before getting traded to the Memphis Grizzlies and subsequently cut.But the sometimes troubled guard has clear-cut talent: In his career, he’s averaged 13.2 points and 2.8 assists while shooting about 35 percent from 3-point range. At his best, he’s a driving scoring threat – something the Western Conference-leading Lakers (47-13) have missed coming out of their backcourt, which is primarily composed of spot-up shooters. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years It’s unclear exactly how much of a role Waiters can carve out: The Lakers have been particularly logjammed at guard spots in a rotation that includes Danny Green, Avery Bradley, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Alex Caruso and Rajon Rondo. Along with James functioning as their primary ball-handler, minutes have been squeezed for many of the guards on the roster – including Troy Daniels, who the Lakers cut on Sunday to create a roster space.Related Articles Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions last_img