After his incredible performance this season, Dion Waiters is expected to be part of the Miami Heat’s long-term plan. He’s set to become a free agent this summer but already expressed his intention to re-sign. Waiters undeniably exceeded the Heat’s expectation when they decided to give him a two-year, $5.9 million deal last summer.
His last two seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder didn’t go well. He’s been overshadowed by Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. However, when he joined the Heat, Waiters managed to regain his rhythm and currently one of the significant players in Miami.
Dion Waiters remembers game-winning shot against KD’s GSW
In an article he wrote on The Player’s Tribune, Dion Waiters recalled his past conversation with former teammate Kevin Durant. He told him that the Heat will be going on a winning streak and beat the Golden State Warriors in Miami. Waiters’ prediction came true and he boasted how they defeated the Warriors in January.
“We gave ’em everything they could handle,”Waiters said. “We weren’t scared. I saw right away how Kev was playing me like he was daring me to shoot the ball. I told him, ‘Bro, I’m feeling good. You see the last four games? Y’all in for a long night.’ We’re talking trash like we’re playing 1-on-1 back in OKC. Fourth quarter, 10 seconds left. Tie game. I got the ball in my hands with the game on the line, and I already knew what was gonna happen. F*** an overtime, let’s get up outta here.What’s the analytics on that? That’s a W. Then I hit ’em with the pose.”
Dion Waiters says Heat can enter playoffs if he didn’t suffer an injury
Dion Waiters missed the final 13 games of the 2016-17 NBA regular season after suffering an ankle injury. The former fourth overall pick believes the Heat have a higher chance to earn a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference if didn’t suffer an injury.
As an addition to his tirade against Kevin Durant, Waiters thinks the Warriors star is thankful that the Heat didn’t enter the playoffs. In his piece Waiters said: “I know Kev is reading this right now, like, ‘Thank God this dude is at home doing articles instead of lurking in the playoffs.’ You didn’t wanna see us, Kev!”
If the Heat enter the playoff, they won’t face the Warriors unless they become the Eastern Conference champions. Waiters undeniably have shown massive improvements in Miami. However, he still needs to work harder if he wants to help the Heat dominate the league next season.
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