Report: Dion Waiters indicates he’s willing to give Heat hometown discount in free agency
After rolling the dice on his future last offseason, Dion Waiters is willing to make concessions to his organization, the Miami Heat, when it comes time to negotiate a deal this offseason, according to WSVN’s 7 Sports Xtra via Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
“It depends,” he said Sunday on ESPN. “Yeah, I would, though. But, like I said, it depends, just being the right thing, at the right time. It’s just got to be right. It’s got to be equal.”
The 25-year-old signed a two-year, $6 million contract with the Heat last July, despite the Oklahoma City Thunder’s intentions to bring him back, ultimately opting out of the second year of his contract, seeking a long-term contract.
“It’s excitement at the end of the day, just getting a chance to go through that process and see what the team is talking about and things like that, just the little things, it’s exciting,” he said of his impending free agency. “This is an exciting time. You knew how hard you worked.”
Waiters had the best season of his career playing alongside Goran Dragic, putting up 15.8 points, 4.3 assists, 3.3 rebounds, and 0.9 steals per game, shooting a blazing 39.5 percent from beyond the arc. He is expected to at least quadruple his $3 million annual salary during contract talks this offseason, per Winderman.
“I’ll leave that to my agent, that’s his job,” Waiters said of the impending negotiations. “I just try to work out and work on my game.”
Free-agency negotiations open up July 1, with the signing period to tip-off July 6 at noon.