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NBA Rumors: Dion Waiters demanding long-term contract from the Heat this summer; eyeing to become Dwyane Wade’s successor

PHOTOGRAPH: Keith Allison/Flickr | Dion Waiters of the Miami Heat

Dion Waiters continues to show impressive performance in his first season with the Miami Heat. The former fourth overall pick expressed his intention to sign a long-term deal with the Heat once he becomes a free agent this summer.

“I want to get it done as quick as possible,” Waiters said, hoping Heat long term interest is mutual. “Let’s keep this thing rolling by any means. I don’t want to go into free agency with a couple days and make a decision. I know where I want to be. Let’s just get it done. My mom loves it here. Would be mad at me [if I left]. My son loves it. My family loves it.”

Earlier this season, the Heat suffered the effect of losing all their “Big Three”. They struggled winning games and projected to be one of the worst teams in the league. Fortunately, the Heat managed to bounce back and expected to battle for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Hassan Whiteside and Goran Dragic showed their capability to continue the Heat’s legacy in the succeeding years. Dion Waiters, who joined the Heat last summer, managed to provide a huge impact in his first year in Miami. So far, he has been the Heat’s third scoring leader behind Whiteside and Dragic.

In 44 games, Waiters averaged 16.1 points, 4.4 assists, and 3.4 rebounds on 42.3 percent from the field and 40.2 percent from beyond the arc. He is currently enjoying his stint in Miami and playing the best season of his five-year NBA career. In the upcoming offseason, Waiters hopes the Heat will consider re-signing him to a long-term deal.

Dion Waiters wants Dwyane Wade to help him become an All-Star caliber player

Dion Waiters has been impressive on both ends of the floor. With his current performance, there is no doubt that he’s one of the major reasons why the Heat managed to bounce back this season. However, Waiters knows he still needs to learn more things and seeks the guidance of former Heat star Dwyane Wade.

“We’ve got the same initials, our games are similar,” Waiters said. “Difference is, he’s got them three rings. He’s a Finals MVP. Top three best shooting guards all time. I’m chasing that. He’s one of my favorite players, one of the players I idolized my game after. When he’s playing against me, I’m checking things he’s doing. Hopefully, one of these summers, we can get together and he can teach me some of the tricks of the trade of getting fouled more. I am definitely going to reach out to him to see if I can propel my game to a new level. That’s what the best players do.”

The Heat will surely want to bring Waiters back after seeing how he performs this season. With his incredible working ethic, there is no doubt that he’s set to become a superstar in the league.

Photo courtesy: Keith Allison/Flickr.com

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