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REPORT: Lakers to have exploratory conversation with Dion Waiters

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The Los Angeles Lakers are looking to make some post-trade deadline moves. Now, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the team will have an “exploratory” conversation with Dion Waiters.

Waiters was recently waived by the Memphis Grizzlies days after the Miami Heat traded him. The 28-year-old guard played just three games for the South Beach franchise following three suspensions in the 2019-20 season. One of his violations included taking THC-infused gummies on the team plane which resulted to an emergency medical attention.

Reports reveal that the Lakers are looking to add a secondary ball-handler and a reliable 3-point shooter from the bench. Darren Collison was involved in the talks, but the 32-year-old guard decided to remain retired and said he will evaluate his options again in the summer.

Per the ESPN report, sources reveal that the Purple and Gold franchise is carefully feeling out Waiters’ headspace given his series of suspensions. This was the same thing they did to Dwight Howard over the summer, who, at that time, was seemingly at the brink of completely falling off the radar.

The Lakers are going to be extra cautious in their additions to preserve the team’s chemistry, which has been at an all-time high all season long.

For his career, Dion Waiters is averaging 13.2 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. He’s shooting 41.2 percent from the field and 34.8 percent from downtown. The Syracuse product was once represented by Lakers president and general manager Rob Pelinka. Now, he’s represented by Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, which represents LeBron James and Anthony Davis.