Grizzlies cut ties without Dion Waiters with playing in a game

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Memphis Grizzlies released guard Dion Waiters on Sunday. This transaction comes just days after he was acquired in a trade at the NBA trade deadline.

This move will have ramifications, not only now, but into the future. The Grizzlies will responsible for paying half of his 2019-20 season salary that was $12.1 million.

Dion Waiters (Getty Images)

Also, Memphis is on the hook for his entire $12.6 million salary during the 2020-21 season. In addition to this, he is eligible to sign elsewhere.

He can either sign with a playoff contender by March 1st. Or possibly wait until the off-season to sign his next deal.

Waiters never played in a game with the Grizzlies. He also played in three games with the Miami Heat this season, before they dumped him.

There was a lot of drama between the two sides before the trade. Waiters was suspended three times by the Heat since before the season.

All three suspensions were for conduct detrimental to the team. One of the suspensions came after he ate marijuana gummies on a flight from Phoenix to Los Angeles.

Waiters was found to be unresponsive when the flight landed in Los Angeles. Following the incident, he was sent home, back to Miami.

He spent three-plus seasons with the Heat. Waiters also spent two-and-a-half seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

He also played one-and-a-half seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

This season, Waiters has been frustrated with being a bench player after starting just 28 games during the 2018-19 season. His starts decreased every year he was with the Heat. 

He averaged 9.3 points per game in the three games, including zero starts. Waiters also had 1.0 assists per game and 0.7 blocks per game in 14.0 minutes per game.

In his career with the three teams, he has appeared in 412 games, including 211 starts. He has averaged 13.2 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 0.9 steals, and 0.3 blocks in 28.3 minutes per game. 

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