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Report: Free agent G Dion Waiters agrees to deal with Lakers

Waiters had been with Miami before his contract was bought out. Now the veteran guard lands on a title contender in L.A.

Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters react against the Boston Celtics during the second half at American Airlines Arena. Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Free agent G Dion Waiters has agreed to a deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported Thursday evening.

The Lakers had been linked to Waiters and J.R. Smith, trying to add another veteran guard to their roster for the title push. Waiters clearly made the cut over Smith and will settle into the Lakers’ depth chart for the last quarter of the season. Waiters should rotate in at G with Avery Bradley, Rajon Rondo, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Alex Caruso.

Waiters only appeared in three games with the Miami Heat this season. He sat out most of the first half due to suspension and even when he was healthy enough to play, the Heat didn’t really need the veteran anymore. Miami had plenty of young guards emerge. So Waiters was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies and then had his contract bought out.

Waiters brings a bit of controversy, but that shouldn’t be a problem with LeBron James at the helm. Waiters can fill it up a bit and brings some scoring punch off the bench, granted at the cost of poor shot selection. Waiters averaged 12 points in 44 games for the Heat last season, shooting 37.7% from distance and 41.4% from the floor.