The Los Angeles Lakers still have the best performance at the Western Conference, but they've won 6-5 in their last 11 matches – aside from the top 10 in both attack and defense – and they don't look the best. for a while
They look for reinforcements at the deadline. They wanted Marcus Morris but lost him to the Clippers. They wanted Andre Iguodala but lost him to the Heat. They asked about OKC's Dennis Schroder but didn't get anywhere. They were a leading candidate to sign Darren Collison, but he decided to retire.
When the trading deadline had passed, it turned to an acquisition market. On Sunday, ESPN by Adrian Wojnarowski and Brian Windhorst Lakers reports are expected to speak to Dion Waiters, who was recently acquired by Grizzlies after being traded from Miami in the Iguodala deal.
The Lakers have three main areas needed: A 3-person defender can protect elite players like Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, shoot 3 points and play additional balls. Waiters, in theory, can provide help in the following two areas. When he's hot, he can definitely help a team to score. When he does not, he can kill an offense. He is an absolute wild card.
The waiters only played three matches for the Heat this season after being suspended for one thing or another each time you return, but in those three games, he gets 10 for 26 from three for one …