RUMOR: Heat’s Dion Waiters’ career may be over, barring unlikely turnaround
Dion Waiters will have the help of the NBA Players Association is trying to recoup some of the wages stemming from his 17 games missed due to suspension, but those are likely to be the last checks he gets to cash as an NBA player.
According to ESPN Insider Bobby Marks, Waiters’ career is likely done unless he can muster a miraculous change in attitude and get back in good graces with the Heat.
“One thing that every team agreed upon: Waiters’ career is likely over, barring an incredibly unlikely turnaround.”
Any talks of Waiters’ entertaining a buyout are very off the table, considering that if he signed a contract next season, it would be for the veteran’s minimum, a non-guaranteed $2.6 million salary, which would hardly cover what he would give up in any buyout conversations for the combined $24.75 million left in his deal.
The Philadelphia native had now been suspended three times this early in the season, having now fully earned the title of “toxic” for a locker room. Complaints about his standing with the team, playing time, conduct detrimental to the team, and sheer dishonesty with the franchise are some of the traits that make up Waiters Island, one that might just rival Deadman’s Island for one people wouldn’t dare touch.
The 28-year-old has another season left in his contract, but his playing days are likely over, considering the caustic effects of having him in a roster and the toxic environment it’s been seen to create.