Dion Waiters to miss a ‘few games’ before making Lakers debut
New Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Dion Waiters won’t make his debut on Sunday against the L.A. Clippers.
Lakers head coach Frank Vogel says it’s going to be a few games before Waiters plays for the Purple and Gold:
Frank Vogel says “it’s probably going to be a few games” before Dion Waiters gets in for the Lakers. Mentions that he didn’t play much with Miami this season so he needs sometime. So no Dion on Sunday against the Clippers.
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) March 7, 2020
Waiters signed a minimum deal with the Lakers for the rest of the season, per Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times. Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium is reporting that the Lakers will waive Waiters the second he becomes a distraction off the court.
Waiters played in only three games for the Miami Heat this season because of suspensions. He averaged 9.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.0 assists while shooting 38.5 percent from the field and 47.1 percent from beyond the arc.
Earlier this season, Waiters suffered a panic attack on the Heat charter plane after consuming a THC-infused edible. Those type of things won’t be tolerated on the Lakers, who are championship contenders with LeBron James and Anthony Davis leading the way.
Waiters averaged 12.0 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists last season for the Heat while shooting 41.4 percent from the field, 37.7 percent from beyond the arc and just 50.0 percent from the free-throw line. He missed the first 35 games of the season because of the ankle surgery he underwent in the 2017-18 campaign.
The Lakers have the best record in the Western Conference. They are 48-13 after defeating the Milwaukee Bucks at home on Friday.
The Clippers are 2-0 against the Lakers, so you know the LakeShow will be motivated on Sunday to defeat their hallway neighbors.