The Philadelphia 76ers should be exploring the buyout market now that the NBA Trade Deadline is past and there’s one shooting guard that they should target.
The Philadelphia 76ers have made some minors moves around and after the NBA Trade Deadline. Moving on from players like Trey Burke, James Ennis and Jonah Bolden were necessary to make room for Glenn Robinson III, Alec Burks and Norvel Pelle (on a regular NBA deal). Despite those additions, the Sixers could still improve the roster. There’s one player that could do that in a big way.
Dion Waiters is a local of Philadelphia and has had a rough run of it lately in the NBA. In just this season alone, he’s had three major off-court issues while as a member of the Miami Heat that resulted in suspensions. However, he was a apart of a trade that landed him with the Memphis Grizzlies. After the deal, they have waived him and he’s now set to be a free agent.
There’s no deny that Waiters has behavioral issues, but the 76ers could be the best team for him to sign with. He’s from the city, so playing near home might help with his off-court drama.
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His production on the court impact could help Philly out in a major way. He’s a shot creating wing player, who could be an ideal sixth man on a contending team. For his career, he’s averaged 13.2 points and 2.8 assists, while converting 34.8 percent of his 3-pointers.
If he can get his act together, there’s a chance he could be the player the Sixers need off the bench. His shot creation would be welcomed on the bench. While he’s not a great 3-point shooter for his career, he’s proven over the past four seasons not to be a major liability from downtown.
The 76ers are trying to win a title, so giving him a minimum contract would be worth the risk. If Philly decides to sign the shooting guard, they would have to make a roster spot for him. Considering that there’s rumors that Kyle O’Quinn wants to be waived, he’d probably be the one most likely let go to make room for Waiters.
There’s no doubt that there’s risk surrounding Waiters as potential free agent target, but he might be worth the risk for the Philadelphia 76ers title hopes.