Former Syracuse basketball guard Dion Waiters decided to stay with the Miami Heat on Wednesday, signing a four-year deal according to ESPN.
Free agent guard Dion Waiters is finalizing a deal with the Miami Heat, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 5, 2017
The contract is reportedly worth $52 million. It’s the second-richest contract for a former Syracuse basketball player.
The reported salary would make Dion Waiters the second-highest-paid Syracuse player in NBA history. https://t.co/CRWIMmtpuD
— chris carlson (@ccarlsononSU) July 5, 2017
Waiters spent last season with the Heat, averaging 15.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game. He also shot 42.4 percent, including 39.5 percent from the 3-point line and averaged 1.8 3-pointers per night in 46 contests.
With 46 games, Waiters played just a little more than half the season, so it was a bit of a small sample size, but he nearly had career-highs across the board. In 2015-16 with the Oklahoma City Thunder, he averaged 9.8 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 78 games, including 15 starts.
After scoring 21.0 points per game as a sophomore at Syracuse, Waiters entered the NBA draft, and the Cleveland Cavaliers took him fourth overall in 2012. He spent two and a half seasons in Cleveland before the Cavaliers traded him to Oklahoma City.
In his five-year NBA career, Waiters has averaged 13.2 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists while shooting 41.3 percent.