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Report: Dion Waiters Wants to Play for 76ers

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Dion Waiters failed to sign a contract extension with the Oklahoma City Thunder before the Nov. 2 deadline, meaning the shooting guard will hit restricted free agency next year. Waiters is from Philadelphia, and he supposedly wants to join his hometown 76ers, according to Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer.

The Sixers will have boatloads of cap space next summer, and a source told Pompey that Waiters could “possibly get a very lucrative contract” from Philadelphia.

We shouldn’t get ahead of ourselves, of course. Waiters hasn’t proven that he can be a consistently effective NBA player, and the Sixers don’t seem like the kind of team that would just throw him a huge deal. Philadelphia will have to strike in free agency at some point, and perhaps Sam Hinkie has some interest in Waiters, but only at the right price. And even then, the Thunder can still match an offer sheet:

For what it’s worth, Waiters denied the report:

Waiters has some solid numbers with the Thunder thus far this season. He’s averaging 11.0 points and 3.6 rebounds while shooting 45.2 percent overall and 50 percent from three in 26.1 minutes per game. That three-point shooting is a welcome surprise given that he’s at around 33 percent for his career, so we’ll see how well that holds up over the course of the year.

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