Rumors and speculations are now swirling around the Sacramento Kings and the Philadelphia 76ers who are reportedly targeting Oklahoma City Thunder shooting guard Dion Waiters in the upcoming free agency on July 1.
Dion Waiters will become a restricted free agent on July 1. This means that the Oklahoma City Thunder will only need to match the offers of other teams in order to re-sign him. However, there are speculations that the Thunder are not interested in re-signing him in free agency.
The Oklahoma City Thunder made a surprise trade in the recent NBA draft. The team traded power forward Serge Ibaka for Magic’s Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova, and Domantas Sabonis. Many have praised that move made by the Thunder since Oladipo can give a boost to the Thunder’s backcourt.
The acquisition of Victor Oladipo strengthens the rumors that the Thunder are freeing Dion Waiters in free agency. Dion Waiters might have played a valuable role in the recent playoffs, especially against the San Antonio Spurs. However, he is still an inefficient player who demands the ball and lacks effort on the defensive end.
Victor Oladipo can be the starting shooting guard for the Thunder next season with Andre Roberson as his backup. This may force Dion Waiters to leave the Thunder and seek for another team in the upcoming free agency. According to Michael Scotto of AP, league sources reveal that the Philadelphia 76ers and the Sacramento Kings are interested in the incoming free agent Dion Waiters.
The Sixers and the Kings are currently looking for a starting guard, so signing Dion Waiters makes sense. According to Sean O’Connor of Liberty Ballers, it was not the first time that Waiters-Sixers rumors existed. The rumors first started when Waiters was still playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
On the other hand, the Sacramento Kings are eyeing to acquire quality guards in free agency since they are threatened to lose their starter Rajon Rondo. The Kings failed to acquire a starting guard in the recent NBA draft.