There’s no denying the fact that Dion Waiters was an essential part of Miami’s late season success this year. For the first time in his professional career Waiters looked like he was finally capitalizing on the potential that made him a lottery pick in 2012. A lot of that had to do with the Miami Heat system and culture and as a result Waiters has expressed a desire to stay with the Heat into next season despite opting out of his current contract.
According to Ira Winderman’s Sun Sentinel piece, Dion appeared on WSVN's 7 Sports Xtra and explained that he’d be willing to work with the Heat to find a deal to stay (i.e hometown discount) saying:
"It depends," he said Sunday. "Yeah, I would, though. But, like I said, it depends, just being the right thing, at the right time. It's just got to be right. It's got to be equal."
"It's excitement at the end of the day, just getting a chance to go through that process and see what the team is talking about and things like that, just the little things, it's exciting," "This is an exciting time. You knew how hard you worked."
"I'll leave that to my agent, that's his job," Waiters said referencing free-agent negotiations. "I just try to work out and work on my game."
Waiters averaged 15.8 points, 4.3 assists, and 3.3 rebounds per game with the Heat while also dealing with injuries late in the season. As of right now it doesn’t appear as if Miami is looking to completely restructure this team and if that is the case, getting Waiters to stay will be incredibly important.
Below are some of his season highlights: