Dion Waiters set to return to Miami, finalizing deal with Heat

Lynette Rowe
July 6, 2017

Waiters is coming off a strong season where he averaged 15.8 points along with posting career-highs of 39.5 percent from 3-point range and 4.3 assists despite playing in just 46 games. He helped lead the Heat on a 23-5 streak toward the end of the season that got them back into the playoff picture, though an ankle sprain ended his season prematurely.

A primary lesson, Waiters said, was learning how to get into the type of condition the Heat demand from their players.

Dion Waiters is finalizing a four-year deal to re-sign with the Miami Heat, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

The next challenge becomes displaying enough durability to push the Heat beyond last season's 41-41 lottery finish.

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Oklahoma City gave him a $6.8 million qualifying offer in the summer of 2016, but rescinded it later in July after losing Kevin Durant to the Golden State Warriors, giving Waiters the opportunity to sign elsewhere. Earlier on Wednesday, it was announced that Waiters had narrowed his choices down to the Heat, New York Knicks, and Los Angeles Lakers, before choosing to stay with Miami.

"But you know what? Nobody", he wrote in an article for the Players' Tribune in April.

The deal is being reported by Basketball Insiders as a 4-year, $52 million contract, which leaves Miami around $17 million in cap space to sign additional free agents.

Waiters has already played for three teams since being drafted fourth overall by the Cavs in 2012. I was damn near throwing up in trash cans like in the movies.

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