Waiters Island in New York?
Would it work?
(This was written before Waiters signed with the Miami Heat)
Dion Waiters (@dionwaiters3 — Twitter) is coming off his best season so far in the NBA. Waiters averaged 15.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg, and 4.3 apg. He is only 25 years of age and is an unrestricted free agent (UFA). He presents as an affordable option for the New York Knicks in 2017 NBA Free Agency.
Despite Waiters only playing 46 games for the Heat last season, he was a part of a late season ending push for the playoffs on a roster that lacked star pieces in a star driven league (star driven per Daryl Morey and Bob Myers). The fit in New York seems like a match made in heaven. Waiters gets bright lights, and a lead guard opportunity on a roster that is crying out for an athletic scoring guard (who shoots 3’s, sorry D Rose). Waiters shot a career high clip of 39% from 3 point land last year, he’s a flamethrower. The Knicks need to continue to bring in shooters around Porzingis as they enter the Unicorn era.
Courtney Lee was a serviceable addition last free agency, but Waiters fits the age demographic of the Porzingis movement better by 6 or 7 years. Also providing quality ball handling support for recently drafted rookie point guard Frank Ntilikina. It’s because of his fit with both Porzingis and Ntilikina that Waiters Island should find its way to the Mecca of Basketball for 2 or 3 years. The Knicks can offer Waiters $15million a year once they let Derrick Rose walk to the Minnesota Bulls (sorry, not sorry) or the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Knicks could roll out a lineup of: Ntilikina, WAITERS ISLAND, Thomas, Porzingis, Hernangomez. It screams floor spacing and perimeter defence, two must-have’s in the modern NBA. The bench is very much up in the air for next season, but the large Noah and Lee contracts will still be there. The rest of the 2017–18 Knicks roster may well be full of names casual fans will have never heard of and will never hear of.
I’m down for a 2yr $30million Waiters Island experiment in New York! Plus, who wouldn’t want to see Dion pair with Joakim Noah as the most unpredictable support cast in the league to KP and Frank as they steer the most heavily scrutinized sports franchise on the planet?