Kevin Durant isn't the only free agent the Thunder has to deal with this summer, as shooting guard Dion Waiters is set to hit the market after elevating his stock with positive play in the postseason.
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Waiters, who developed a close relationship with Durant and other members on the team, averaged 9.8 points per game in the regular season while showing he can step up on the defensive end of the floor as well. Waiters most impressed in the playoffs as a distributor, as he operated the second unit when Russell Westbrook would go to the bench for a breather.
Waiters weaves and dishes to Kanter for the mid-range on @NBAonTNT. #NBARapidReplay #WARRIORSvTHUNDER https://t.co/EeB8abR1b0— NBA (@NBA) May 31, 2016
Waiters weaves and dishes to Kanter for the mid-range on @NBAonTNT. #NBARapidReplay #WARRIORSvTHUNDER https://t.co/EeB8abR1b0
When talking with reporters in the locker room after Monday night's 96-88 loss to the Warriors, Waiters made it clear he'd like to return to the Thunder next season.
"Of course. Why not? Since I got here I feel as though they have helped me become a better person off the court," Waiters said when asked if he'd like to re-sign with the Thunder next season. "It’s not even about basketball. I’ve never been connected with a group of guys like this that I’m actually close to. Why not? The best fans in the world. I’m definitely looking forward to coming back.”
Along with his value as a scorer and defender, Waiters' likability in the locker room make it crucial the Thunder bring him back to help sweeten the pot for a potential Durant return.