Following a series of suspensions and scandals, we may never see Dion Waiters play on a professional court again.
After a promising 7-year career, things turned sour for Dion after a string of injuries limited him to just 30 games in the 2017-18 season. Since then, the 28-year-old guard has been involved in a number of off-court related issues, including an episode on the team plane, skipping practices, lying to the team, and temper tantrums to the team and coaching staff. Now, according to what a source told ESPN's Bobby Marks, this could be the end of the line for his career in the NBA.
“Although every executive agreed that Waiters is untouchable when it comes to a trade, there was a split on whether he will be on the roster when the season ends,” reported the NBA Insiders. “The Heat could waive him now and remove the headache, but he will be owed $20.5 million, and the team wouldn’t receive any salary relief. The other option is to keep him on the roster but away from the team, hoping for a resolution this summer.
“One thing that every team agreed upon: Waiters’ career is likely over, barring an incredibly unlikely turnaround. That is why Waiters’ entertaining a buyout should be off the table. Even if he signed a contract next season, it would be for a minimum, non-guaranteed $2.6 million salary, making it difficult for him to recoup whatever he would give up in buyout talks.”
As the fourth overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, Waiters was never able to quite live up the hype of being a lottery player.
Still, he was a solid scoring option trough the course of his career, but especially in Miami, where he averaged 14 points and 3.6 assists on 41% shooting.
Unfortunately, his antics will likely spell the end of things in the NBA for him. But here's to hoping he will turn things around...