The Los Angeles Lakers turned speculation into reality: the team signed Dion Waiters to fill the team’s last roster spot.
As predicted in my previous articles on this topic, Rob Pelinka and the Los Angeles Lakers did not wait long to fill the roster spot left open from waiving Troy Daniels to sign shooting guard Dion Waiters.
This is an amazing signing for the team especially considering the options that were on the table for them. Waiters is the best shooting guard available and was a key pickup as guards are by far the weakest link on the Lakers’ very talented roster.
Waiters is an efficient shooter and a solid defender. On top of these skills, he could easily be an X-factor for the team to get them through the grind of the season coming to a close. Also, him being a spark plug for the team and keeping everyone at high energy is something that will be necessary with the long road ahead of the Lakers if they plan on making the NBA Finals.
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It will be very interesting to see if Waiters will take Avery Bradley‘s spot in the starting lineup or if he will come from the bench as a part of one of the strongest second units in the league. Another question that will need to be answered is how will he fit with Lakers superstar LeBron James.
With LeBron being the cornerstone of the team, it is important that any player that joins the team can play and mesh well with him. It makes me a little uneasy seeing how the two played together in Cleveland as the two had a rough stint together before the Cavaliers promptly traded Waiters.
I believe that with him being a very serviceable three and D player, Waiters would be the perfect role player on a LeBron led team. I see him as almost a hybrid between J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert during their run with the Cavs.
He brings close to the shooting that near-prime J.R. did while playing ferocious defense similar to that of Shumpert. The last question that will need to be answered is if Dion Waiters is the missing piece to complete the non-LeBron defense that Frank Vogel envisioned.
It would seem that anyone signed to the team would be a part of this plan by far when the Los Angeles Lakers are at their weakest. However, there is a chance that Waiters spends a majority of his minutes with James instead of playing when LeBron is on the bench.
This was yet another amazing signing by Pelinka and the rest of the front office proving that the extension he received earlier in the season was very well deserved.