Report: Former Heat Guard Dion Waiters, Lakers agree to deal

Jason Owens | Yahoo Sports

Former Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters has agreed to a deal with the Los Angeles Lakers for the remainder of the season, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reports.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the deal is for the NBA minimum. Waiters will take up the Lakers’ final open roster spot.

The eight-year NBA veteran played most recently for the Miami Heat, who traded him to the Memphis Grizzlies as part of the deadline deal involving Justise Winslow and Andre Iguodala. Waiters never played for the Grizzlies, who released him on Feb. 9 after the trade, making him a free agent.

Waiters’ troubles in Miami

Waiters, 28, played in just three games with the Heat this season as he served three suspensions handed down by the team.

The Heat suspended him on Dec. 12, citing “failure to adhere to team policies, violation of team rules and continued insubordination.” He was also suspended at the beginning of the season for complaining about his role during the preseason and again in November after he reportedly ate a THC-laced gummy candy and had a panic attack on a team flight.

What he brings to the Lakers

Waiters has averaged 13.2 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists while shooting 34.8 percent from 3-point distance over the course of his career. If he can stay on the court, he’ll provide the Lakers with a scoring threat as they look to surround LeBron James and Anthony Davis with shooters.

Besides his suspensions, Waiters had trouble remaining on the court in his three previous seasons in Miami, where he never played more than 46 games in a season. He drew criticism for gaining weight after signing a four-year $52 million deal with the Heat in 2017 and was also troubled by nagging foot and ankle injuries.

Charania reports that the Lakers made clear in discussions with Waiters’ agent Rich Paul that they reserve the option to release him if things don’t work out.

Stephen A. is contemplating never going to a Knicks game ever again; Charles Oakley wants the NBA to ‘take a look’ at the franchise

Seems to be spreading like Coronavirus…

Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman discuss the New York Knicks’ statement in response to Spike Lee’s appearance on First Take.

FILE – In this Feb. 23, 2017, file photo, former New York Knicks player Charles Oakley is shown before an NBA basketball game between the Knicks and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland. A federal judge has dismissed Charles Oakley’s lawsuit against executive chairman James Dolan and Madison Square Garden, stemming from the former New York Knicks forward’s ejection and arrest from a game three years ago. Judge Richard J. Sullivan ruled Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020 in U.S. District Court in Manhattan that the case “had the feel of a public relations campaign” and Oakley hadn’t alleged a plausible legal claim under federal pleading standards. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File) ORG XMIT: NY159

Charles Oakley wants the NBA to ‘take a look’ at the KnicksCharles Oakley wants the NBA to ‘take a look’ at the Knicks

Mike D. Sykes, II | USA TODAY SPORTS

If there’s anyone who knows what Spike Lee is going through right now, it’s Charles Oakley.

Oakley was removed from Madison Square Garden in handcuffs by security in 2017 after getting into an argument with team owner James Dolan. He was given a lifetime ban from the arena after the altercation and hasn’t been back since.

Fast forward three years later and Spike Lee is getting into arguments with ownership himself and saying he won’t watch games from MSG for the rest of the season. He’s not on the same lifetime ban tip as Oakley is, but it doesn’t feel like he’s too far away.

And, apparently, Oakley has had enough. He’s so fed up with the team that he wants the NBA to step in, he told the Associated Press.

“It’s got to be stopped in some kind of way. The NBA has got to take a look at this. You can’t keep closing your eyes to this. This is like, turn your head if you see someone beat somebody up and you just keep walking. It just keeps happening in New York. People are not going to come here because it’s the same thing over and over and over. They got a new president and all everyone is talking about what happened between Spike Lee and the Garden.”

I mean, he’s not wrong. Nobody even remembered that the Knicks won their game against the Rockets on the day they officially hired Leon Rose. It wasn’t even an afterthought — all people talked about was Spike Lee and the Knicks beef.

It’s hard to see the NBA stepping in and doing anything, really. We’ve only seen that on a few occasions, such as the Donald Sterling incident, and, uh, that ain’t this.

But the Knicks are definitely a mess and will continue to be one until someone cleans them up.

Steph Curry to return to Warriors’ lineup Thursday vs. Raptors

Ali Thanawalla | NBC SPORTS

Welcome back, Steph Curry.

The two-time NBA MVP has been cleared to play and will return for the Warriors’ game against the Toronto Raptors on Thursday night unless something “catastrophic” happens, a league source told NBC Sports Bay Area’s Monte Poole on Wednesday.

Curry, who hasn’t played in a game since breaking his left hand Oct. 30 against the Suns, has been itching to get back on the court.

Before the Warriors would allow Curry to play in a game, they wanted him to go down to their G League affiliate in Santa Cruz and scrimmage with the team. So on Monday, the man with a $200 million NBA contract drove himself down the coast and practiced with the Sea Dubs. It was the final hurdle Curry needed to clear before playing in an NBA game.

Now, Curry’s return is upon us and it couldn’t come at a better time for the Warriors.

Without Curry and Klay Thompson, who has been ruled out for the season, Golden State has the worst record in the NBA at 14-48.

While Curry’s return won’t have any impact on the playoff race, the coaches and front office will get a chance to see him play with first-year Warriors Andrew Wiggins, Marquese Chriss, Eric Paschall and Jordan Poole. Their minutes together will give the organization an early look at what they can do next season.

For Dub Nation, there hasn’t been much to cheer about. But the return of Curry will give them a reason to roar for the final 20 games of the season.