Former Syracuse basketball guard Dion Waiters has a chance at an NBA title with the LA Lakers. Here are all the details plus some interesting history.
Dion Waiters is back in the NBA after signing a deal with the LA Lakers.
The former Syracuse basketball stud agreed to a deal that will pair him with the Lakers for the rest of the 2019-20 season, per Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Waiters has been through quite the journey so far this season. He was suspended three separate times during his tenure with the Miami Heat which forced him to miss a total of 17 games. In addition to that because he misses those games Dion also lost $1.4 million of his salary.
The suspensions he received stemmed from an incident on a team plane where he ingested edibles and had a bad reaction. On another occasion, he called in sick to work and then was later caught on a boat from a social media post.
After all these incidents Waiters was traded in a package to the Memphis Grizzlies but was later bought out and released. The good news is Dion got to keep the remaining money on his contract which was just under $25 million over the next two years.
Waiters contract with the LA Lakers is for the veteran minimum which per Spotrac is $503K for the remainder of the season.
Dion was at his best when he was coming off the bench for the Syracuse basketball team as a consistent shot-maker. That’s what the Lakers will be hoping they get by adding Waiters to the squad.
According to the latest odds from the Action Network, the LA Lakers are the favorite to win the 2019-20 NBA championship this season.
If Dion was to win a title with the LA Lakers this year he’d become only the second Syracuse basketball alum joining Marty Byrnes who also did it with the LA Lakers back in 1980.
Technically Bill Gabor also won an NBA title “after starting the season with the Syracuse Nationals back in 1954-55 he was forced off the team early in the year after contracting hepatitis but voted to a full share of the title by his teammates,” per Chris Carlson of Syracuse.com.