Speaking to the media Saturday, Lakers head coach Frank Vogel said it will be another week or so before Waiters suits up for the Western Conference leaders:
Even before the trade to Memphis, Waiters wasn't playing starting minutes. The guard played just three games with Miami in 2019-20 and didn't make his season debut until January 24.
He averaged 9.3 points and 3.7 rebounds per game and hit 38.5 percent of his field goals.
The Syracuse alum was suspended for Miami's season opener for conduct detrimental to the team, and things only went downhill from there. The guard was suspended another 10 games in November after ingesting THC edibles. He was suspended again in December for six games when he posted an Instagram photo of himself on a boat celebrating his birthday after telling the Heat he was sick and couldn't play.
Now in Los Angeles, Waiters is reunited with LeBron James, who he was previously teammates with for half a season in 2014-15 when both were with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
It makes sense the Lakers are easing Waiters into the rotation. Having become the first team to clinch a playoff spot in the Western Conference on Friday, L.A. has the benefit of spending the rest of the year tinkering with its game plan to prepare for the postseason.
Whenever Waiters does step on the court, it'll be his first action since January 28.