Waiters has agreed to a one-year, $2.9 million contract with the Heat, Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press reports. Waiters originally received a qualifying offer from the Thunder earlier in the offseason, but had it rescinded, making him an unrestricted free agent. He'll now join the Heat on a one-year deal and will have to fight with the likes of Josh Richardson, Wayne Ellington and Tyler Johnson for time at shooting guard. Waiters finished the 2015-16 campaign playing in 78 games, while posting averages of 9.8 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steal over 28 minutes per outing.
Waiters paced the Thunder bench with 13 points (6-11 FG, 1-3 3Pt) and added three rebounds and three assists across 34 minutes in Sunday's 133-105 win over the Warriors. Though his shot opportunities aren't always plentiful with Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant typically commanding the bulk of opponents' attention, Waiters was quite helpful in aiding the Thunder to the blowout victory in what might have been the team's most impressive performance of the postseason. Waiters is averaging 10 points on 46.4 percent shooting from the field and 44.4 percent shooting from behind the arc through the first three games of the series, and if he's able to keep up that efficiency, he might be able to earn himself more court time.
Waiters posted 17 points (7-11 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 1-2 FT), three rebounds, three assists, and one steal across 29 minutes during the Thunder's 111-97 victory versus the Spurs in Sunday's Game 4. Waiters played the fourth most minutes on the team Sunday behind Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and Steven Adams, earning heavy time due to his impressive effort on both ends. Waiters has upped his shooting percentage to 46 percent in the playoffs, and if he keeps performing at this level he figures to continue seeing more minutes than starter Andre Roberson.
Waiters had 17 points (5-22 FG, 1-7 3Pt, 6-7 FT), five rebounds, four assists, one steal, and one block across 42 minutes during the Thunder's 102-98 overtime loss to the Spurs on Tuesday. Waiters was abysmal from the field while turning the ball over four times in Tuesday's start. However, going up against the Spurs' defense is no small task, and he was forced to carry a sizable portion of the scoring load with Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant resting. January was the lone month in 2015-16 that Waiters was able to sink 40 percent or more of his field-goal attempts, and he has proven rather inefficient regardless of his role.
Waiters finished with 25 points (10-19 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 4-6 FT), four rebounds, one assist, and one steal over 39 minutes in Wednesday's loss to the Trail Blazers. With nearly every starter resting, Waiters saw a ton of opportunities and made the most of them. He tied a season high with 25 points although he did turn the ball over seven times. Waiters can shoot, but his upside is pretty limited when the Thunder are at full strength since he doesn't do much else.
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