On Sunday, it was announced that the Lakers would be waiving Troy Daniels, with the intention of giving the Lakers the flexibility of an open roster spot. That open roster spot would be used to sign a player in anticipation of a possible injury to a rotational player, or really any opportunity that the Lakers see as a way to improve the team. Shams Charania of The Athletic has reported that they found that player that they think will help them in a playoff run. That player is Dion Waiters, the former Miami Heat guard who has also played with LeBron James during LeBron’s days with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 5, 2020
Dion Waiters will look to give the Lakers some scoring on the bench, an area that the team was very obviously looking to address around the trade deadline being connected to players like Marcus Morris and Derrick Rose.
It’s doubtful that Waiters will be able to do what Marcus Morris or Rose could have provided for the Lakers, but still, he’s probably more useful for this team than Troy Daniels ever could be. He only was able to play three games this year for the Miami Heat due to injuries and suspensions, but he was able to average 12.0 PPG for the Heat last year, including a decent string of 20+ point games in March and April of 2019.
You have to hope that the Lakers found comfort in his conditioning from his workout, but also hope that they found comfort regarding Waiters’ character. He was suspended three different times during his time with the Miami Heat, something that would be something of note on a Lakers team with absolutely no suspensions this year.
It remains doubtful that Dion Waiters or other buyout signing Markieff Morris would make an impact in the playoffs, but they can definitely help contribute in these regular-season games. Doing so can help take some load off LeBron James and Anthony Davis, indirectly making an impact in the playoffs without being on the floor.