The Los Angeles Lakers could be making some moves shortly, as their current moment isn’t the best of all. Despite being one of the best teams in the league and the leaders of the Western Conference, they have won only six of their last 11 games.
The Purple and Gold are outside the top 10 in both offense and defense over that stretch, and they’re looking nothing like the team that dominated the West at the beginning of the season. Although the front office looked for reinforcements before the trade deadline, the Lakers were unable to trade for somebody.
They wanted Marcus Morris but lost him to the Clippers. They wanted Andre Iguodala but lost him to the Heat. They inquired about OKC’s Dennis Schroder but that didn’t go anywhere. They were a leading candidate to sign Darren Collison, but he decided to stay retired.
That said, the Lakers need to look for alternatives. That’s when the buyout market makes its appearances. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Brian Windhorst, they are expected to talk with Dion Waiters, who was recently waived by the Memphis Grizzlies. Waiters was one of the players that landed in Memphis in the Andre Iguodala trade.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 10, 2020
Dion could help the Lakers in two areas, 3-point shooting and playmaking. This is a guy that proved he can be good from the bench when hot, but when not, he becomes a problem for his team.
This season he played only three games for the Heat after being suspended for several reasons. In those three games, he was 10 for 26 from three for a 47-percent mark. Last season, Waiters shot 37 percent from three over 44 games.