Lakers Rumors: 4 Reasons why the Lakers should not sign Dion Waiters

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Dion Waiters was traded away in LeBron’s first season at the trade deadline.

If you skim over the headlines, you will read that Dion Waiters played with LeBron James when the King returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Most don’t realize that experience lasted about four months when he was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder at the trade deadline.

That trade really worked out for the Cleveland Cavaliers. It happened to be a three-team trade that landed J.R. Smith (Six degrees of separation at its finest!) and Iman Shumpert from the New York Knicks. Plus they got a protected first-round pick in the deal.

Coming into the NBA as the 4th overall pick in 2012, Waiters was supposed to be one of the cornerstones of the franchise with Kyrie Irving. Well, that partnership didn’t work out. It was rumored that the two got in a fight in a “Players only meeting”.

"Waiters, whom the Cavaliers drafted with the No. 4 pick in 2012, has a contentious relationship with several teammates, including star point guard Kyrie Irving, and sources say he is open to being traded. In fact, although Waiters has not demanded a trade, he brought up the subject in a three-hour meeting last week with coach Mike Brown and general manager Chris Grant, according to sources. Sources described the following account: Irving called the meeting after the game, and every player spoke. When Waiters was given the floor, he criticized Thompson and Irving, accusing them of playing “buddy ball” and often refusing to pass to him. Thompson took umbrage with Waiters’ words and went back at him verbally. The two confronted each other, but teammates intervened before it could escalate into a fight."

Soon after this incident, reports were floating that Dion wanted to be traded which he denied. Couldn’t you see him on the floor with Rajon Rondo? No, Lake Show Life can’t either.