The Victor Oladipo trade made it clear Oklahoma City is ready to move on from the Dion Waiters era. Which shouldn’t be a shock if you watched the Thunder the past couple of seasons — Waiters has shown flashes (his outside shooting and shot selection improved this season), played well in some matchups, but has not been the consistent answer the Thunder wanted.
Waiters is a restricted free agent, but the Thunder don’t plan to match so he’s an unrestricted free agent in practice. Where might he land? Michael Scotto of Sheridan Hoops and the Associated Press posted this:
Sacramento has Ben McLemore and Seth Curry at the two, and Rudy Gay at the three. They certainly could use more talent and shooting on that roster, and Waiters might flourish in a situation where he gets more touches and chances to be the shoot-first player he wants to be.
Philadelphia needs all the back-court talent it can get.
What will be the deciding factor between these two (and other teams likely to jump into the race once they strike out on other targets? Money, of course? This is Waiters first big contract after his rookie deal and he’s going to follow the cash.
That said, he can help some teams. Sacramento and Philly might be two of them.