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Lakers' Updated Roster, Starting Lineup After Dion Waiters Signing

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorMarch 6, 2020

MIAMI, FLORIDA - JANUARY 28:  Dion Waiters #11 of the Miami Heat drives the ball up the court against the Boston Celtics during the first half at American Airlines Arena on January 28, 2020 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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Free-agent shooting guard Dion Waiters has agreed to a deal with the Los Angeles Lakers for the remainder of the season, per Shams Charania of Stadium and The Athletic.

Here's a look at how the new Lakers addition may fit into the rotation, along with a bigger-picture look at the entire roster.

    

Starting Lineup

PG: LeBron James

SG: Avery Bradley

SF: Danny Green

PF: Anthony Davis

C: JaVale McGee

     

Projected Active Bench Players

PG: Rajon Rondo

PG/SG: Alex Caruso

SG: Dion Waiters

SG: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

SF/PF: Markieff Morris

SF/PF: Kyle Kuzma

C: Dwight Howard

    

Reserves

PG/SG: Quinn Cook

SF/PF: Jared Dudley

SF: Talen Horton-Tucker

    

Waiters, 28, has played in just three games this season, largely due to three team-issued suspensions during his time with the Miami Heat.

In his last extended playing time, he averaged 12.0 points on 41.4 percent shooting (37.7 percent from three-point range) in 25.9 minutes per game in 2018-19.

The Cleveland Cavaliers took the Syracuse product fourth overall in the 2012 NBA draft. He averaged a career-high 15.9 points per game for the Cavs in 2013-14.

Cleveland traded him to the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2015. Two offseasons later, Waiters became a member of the Heat after signing a free-agent deal.

Waiters thrived in his first year in Miami, averaging 15.8 points on 42.4 percent shooting (career-high 39.5 percent from beyond the arc.).

The rest of Waiters' Heat tenure was not as successful, a stint that included a 39.8 percent field-goal rate in 2017-18. The Heat traded Waiters to the Memphis Grizzlies before the 2020 trade deadline. The Grizz waived him on Feb. 9.

At first glance, it's tough to predict Waiters carving out any significant playing time for the Lakers, although he gives the team yet another weapon opponents have to game-plan for.

L.A. already runs 11 men deep when healthy, which hasn't been the case since Feb. 25.

On that night, the Lakers beat the New Orleans Pelicans 123-114, with each member of the rotation carving out no fewer than 11.5 minutes, per PopcornMachine.

It's possible that Waiters siphons some minutes from the current reserve guard rotation, especially if the Lakers are looking for some more offense (which Waiters can supply in droves when hot).

But suiting up for more than 10-15 minutes per night seems unlikely. A role on the back end of the bench as added guard depth is seemingly where Waiters should be.

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