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Report: Why Lakers’ Dion Waiters meeting isn’t until March 2

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Despite recently signing free agent Markieff Morris for the rest of the season, it does not appear that the Los Angeles Lakers are done bringing in reinforcements for their title run this season. According to reports, the Lakers are also looking at 28-year-old shooting guard Dion Waiters as a potential late-season addition to their already formidable squad.

It was also reported, however, that the Lakers will not be meeting with Waiters until March 2. Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes provides us with some details on why L.A. has decided to take this approach with the former fourth overall pick:

Players must be waived by March 1 to be playoff eligible if they then join a new team. The Lakers want to see the full market available to them before making a final decision. They know Waiters isn’t going anywhere else at this point, and even if another team did swoop in, it’s not like it would be some big loss.

Dion Waiters has had a nightmare of a season, serving a couple of team-sanctioned suspensions due to his problems off the court. Nonetheless, the 6-foot-3 guard could still serve as a scoring punch for the Lakers off the bench, should the team decide to bring him on. Waiters has career averages of 13.2 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 0.9 steals, and 1.4 triples per game.

At the moment, the Lakers want to see what type of dynamic their team will have with the addition of Morris. The 30-year-old power forward just recently made his debut on Tuesday in a 118-109 victory against the New Orleans Pelicans. It’s currently too early to tell what kind of impact he will have on the squad, and the team is understandably taking a wait-and-see approach in terms of potentially adding more reinforcements.