Los Angeles Lakers: Free-agent signings aren’t needed to improve bench

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Los Angeles Lakers Dion Waiters

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Dion Waiters

Another guard to keep an eye on is Dion Waiters.

Waiters was signed by the Los Angeles Lakers right before the season was interrupted. He was coming from a tumultuous divorce with the Miami Heat and the Lakers were in need of a scorer off the bench. He proved so committed to salvaging his career, and showed up in such shapes, that LA was convinced to sign him. But he did not have the chance to prove his value as the season was shut down.

In the seeding games in the bubble, Dion showed good things, averaging 11.9 points per game. Unfortunately, he did not have the same impact in the playoffs, and a groin injury in Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals knocked him down for the rest of the postseason.

Waiters needed to redeem himself and change his reputation after several incidents as a Miami Heat. And he demonstrated his seriousness, earning the Lakers’ trust.

Based on what he did in his career, at 28 years old, the guard from Syracuse is still young and has the chance to be a valuable offensive weapon. The Lakers should give him another chance. With more space throughout a regular season, he might possibly give a steady contribution and enhance LA’s firepower.

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