That summer, the Lakers were interested in signing Waiters to a one-year deal, but Waiters remained with the Heat. Waiters is eligible for postseason play because he was a free agent as of March 1 after the Memphis Grizzlies waived him in February.
With LeBron James now tasked to be in charge of playmaking duties, the three-time National Basketball Association champion needs shooters he can feed on offense.
The signing comes with a proviso, however, as The Athletic's Shams Charania tweeted, citing sources, that "Waiters, his agent Rich Paul and the Lakers had several conversations, they have been positive, and it's been made clear among all: This must work out for him - otherwise, Lakers reserve the option to release him".
The Lakers also worked out veteran guard JR Smith, who met Monday with Pelinka and Vogel informally after his workout. The only question now is the type of conditioning the 34-year-old swingman. However, the 6-foot-3 guard could hit shots from the outside that was seen as of more interest to the Lakers. He has not played since November 19, 2018.
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And in the case of both losses for the Lakers against the Clippers, the Lakers two stars didn't do enough to set themselves apart as the best duo between the two L.A. teams in either of the first two matchups.
They will likely be favored against the Los Angeles Clippers in a hypothetical playoff series, and they will be playing nothing but home games while doing it. The Clippers are on a six-game winning streak but will need to pray that the Lakers stumble.
"He's definitely a player that can help us", coach Frank Vogel said. Smith and James played together in Cleveland for the better part of four seasons from 2014 to 2018.