Oklahoma City Thunder guard Dion Waiters, a restricted free agent, could be signing with the Brooklyn Nets, per a league source.
The Nets caught a few bad breaks over the weekend after Miami Heat and Portland Trail Blazers matched the offer sheets offered to Tyler Johnson and Allen Crabbe respectively. Despite signing free agent Jeremy Lin to a three-year deal, the Nets have a relatively thin back court rotation.
The Waiters to Nets possibility has been reported by three different sources – David Aldridge of TNT/NBA.com, The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski and New York Post reporter Brian Lewis.
Many around the league thought Miami might look at OKC’s Dion Waiters, an RFA. No longer an option after matching Tyler Johnson sheet. Nets?
— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) July 11, 2016
According to Wojnarowski, the Nets are preparing to make an offer sheet for Waiters, a restricted free agent. “The Nets have given some consideration to an offer, but will likely evaluate that in the next few days, league sources said,” The Vertical reported on Sunday.
Dion Waiters headed to Brooklyn?
Meanwhile, the New York Post reported that Nets switched their attention to Waiters after signing veteran guard Greivis Vasquez. “The Nets have maintained interest in the Thunder’s Waiters, but after losing out on both Crabbe and Johnson when Portland and Miami matched two contracts worth a combined $125 million, that interest has intensified,” the scribe reported Sunday.
Waiters, who averaged 9.8 points, 2 assists and 2.6 rebounds last season, hit some clutch shots for Thunder during the playoffs especially in the six-game series against the San Antonio Spurs. Earlier in the offseason, Waiters was linked with hometown team Philadelphia 76ers and Sacramento Kings. Surprisingly, neither of those teams made a run at the former No. 3 pick.
The Post also reported that Thunder would likely match all offer sheets for Waiters. “With the free-agent market for shooting guards essentially depleted, a number of teams have being eyeing the 6-foot-4 Waiters, including his hometown 76ers. League personnel believe Oklahoma City would match two-year offers for the career 12.8 ppg scorer, meaning it could take a sizable four-year deal to convince the Thunder to let him go.”
Will Dion Waiters return home to Philadelphia or stay put in Oklahoma City? It’s unlikely that a team offers a max offer sheet for the shooting guard.