The NBA rumors have been flying around the Miami Heat this offseason and Pat Riley has been busy this offseason. He was able to re-sign Hassan Whiteside to begin free agency, but unfortunately lost face of the franchise shooting guard Dwyane Wade to the Chicago Bulls.
According to a report from Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel, the Heat have agreed to a one-year, $2.9 million contract with free agent shooting guard Dion Waiters.
Heat have added Dion Waiters at the mere price of the $2.9M salary-cap-space mid-level exception. Shockingly cheap.
— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) July 25, 2016
Waiters will add a much needed scoring option to go alongside of point guard Goran Dragic to round out the back-court. They will also have Whiteside and hopefully Chris Bosh can return from his blood clot issue. It was a big step in the right direction for the Heat to get back into Eastern Conference contention.
Last season with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Waiters ended up averaging 9.8 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. He shot 39.9 percent from the field overall and knocked down 35.8 percent from the three-point arc.
At 24-years-old, the Heat are getting a player with a lot of potential that hasn’t come close to maxing out all of it. Perhaps a large role with the Heat could help him reach his goals. His shooting percentages need to improve drastically, but for the most part his game is ready to break out in 2016-17.
Miami saw a lot of the Eastern Conference improve around them this offseason. Indiana made some major moves, while the Celtics took a big step forward as well.
It will be interesting to see what ends up happening with the Heat this season and whether they make the postseason.
Expect to see Waiters compete for a starting job this season with the Heat. He signed for a lot less than many were expecting him to, but it could end up working out well for both the Heat and Waiters.