NBA: 4 free agency targets worth taking a chance on for the playoff push

NBA Phoenix Suns Jamal Crawford (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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NBA Miami Heat Dion Waiters (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) /

Dion Waiters

The seemingly never-ending saga of Dion Waiters with the Miami Heat has finally come to a close. With the suspensions and poor team-relations finally in the rearview mirror, Miami completed a deal to send Waiters to the Memphis Grizzlies who waived him near after.

Waiters racked up a long list of team infractions this season, most notably his THC-edible-induced panic attack on a team plane causing him to miss most of the campaign. His personality and locker room presence become a big question mark for any team willing to take a chance on the veteran shooter.

On the other hand, Waiters’ play on the court tells a much different story. While only playing in three games this season, “Downhill Dion” showed that his talent was not wasting away during his time off. Scoring 9.3 points per game while shooting an impressive 47.1 percent from 3, Waiters made a statement that his game still has a place in the modern NBA.

His game, like his locker-room presence, still has its imperfections. Waiters shot IQ has still shown lapses, opting for contested shots in certain scenarios instead of open passes. On the inside, Waiters struggled mightily. Contrasting to his high 3-point percentage the 28-year-old guard shot an abysmal 22.2 percent on 2-point shots.

But, this sample size is still small.

If Waiters can revitalize his inside game to pair with his deadly outside shot, he could prove to be a solid pickup for any team looking for an instant boost of offense.