Dion Waiters is staying in the Sunshine State.
After narrowing his destinations down to the Knicks, Lakers and Heat, the free agent guard is finalizing a four-year deal to re-sign with Miami, ESPN reported Wednesday, citing unidentified league sources.
Waiters, coming off a career season with the Heat following subpar stints with the Cavs and Thunder, was hoping to cash in on his breakout performance after signing a one-year deal worth $2.9 million with Miami last July. He turned down a player option worth just over $3.2 million to test the free-agent market, but the former No. 4 overall pick is sticking with the team that gave him the opportunity to prove he can bounce back.
Waiters, 25, averaged 15.8 points last season and posted career bests with his 39.4 percent 3-point shooting and 4.3 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game.
It’s tough to see Iguodala leaving the Warriors, but he reportedly plans to test the free-agent waters this summer. He has shown he’s still one of the best wing defenders in the NBA and one of the few humans ever who can make life (somewhat) difficult for LeBron James.
Iguodala’s game translates well to almost any team. Perimeter defense never goes out of style, and he doesn’t need the ball on offense in order to be effective. It helps to have shooters around him, as he remains inconsistent from the outside.
The former NBA Finals MVP is a proven veteran that would be a welcomed addition to a number of squads, but his situation with Golden State is so perfect it would still be a surprise if he chooses not to re-sign.