Tip your waiters? More like tips for Waiters.
The Los Angeles Lakers are signing shooting guard Dion Waiters for the remainder of the season, reuniting him with LeBron James after their pairing in Cleveland lasted less than half a season in 2014-15.
The signing comes with a proviso, however, as The Athletic’s Shams Charania tweeted, citing sources, that “Waiters, his agent Rich Paul and the Lakers had several conversations, they have been positive, and it’s been made clear among all: This must work out for him — otherwise, Lakers reserve the option to release him.”
Waiters, 28, was suspended three times by the Miami Heat earlier this season, including a 10-game ban for “conduct detrimental to the team” in November shortly after he experienced a panic attack on a team charter flight after consuming THC-infused edible gummies.
Waiters, who has appeared in only three games this season, also was openly critical of the Heat organization over his lack of playing time.
The former Syracuse star was released soon after he was traded with Justise Winslow to Memphis as part of the deal that sent forwards Jae Crowder, Solomon Hill and Andre Iguodala to Miami on Feb. 6.
Waiters was the fourth overall pick by Cleveland in the 2012 NBA draft, averaging 15.3 points per game over his first two seasons with the Cavaliers. He became unhappy with a reduced role after James returned to Cleveland as a free agent in 2014 and was shipped to Oklahoma City after just 33 games as part of the three-team trade that sent J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert from the Knicks to the Cavs.
Waiters will be signed by the Lakers, who have been seeking an additional scorer off the bench, to fill their open roster spot after Troy Daniels was waived on Sunday. Smith was also under consideration for the open spot.