Ever since Moe Harkless‘ trade from the Los Angeles Clippers to the New York Knicks, the Los Angeles Lakers have been linked with a move for the 26-year-old via buyout.
Harkless was one of those included in the Marcus Morris deal. Strong indications were that he would request a buyout from the lowly Knicks, to join a contender. A request that multiple reports suggested would be granted if presented to New York’s front office.
The Lakers were in dire need of a defensive wing, and even with the recent acquisition of forward Markieff Morris, Harkless would have still been a desirable acquisition for the purple and gold.
Well, it appears that the New York native is staying put for the remainder of the campaign, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
It appears that all eyes in the Lakers front office are now diverted at free-agent guard, Dion Waiters. Who was bought-out from the Memphis Grizzlies, following his trade from the Miami Heat in the Andre Iguodala trade.
March 1 marks the final day for waived players to be playoff eligible for other teams. Waiters and the Lakers reportedly have a meeting set for March 2, as per Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports. This suggests that Rob Pelinka and Co are exploring the full market before speaking to the 28-year-old, for the second time.
Could the Lakers be closing in on Dion Waiters? It appears so. Especially with recent surprising news that free-agent guard, JR Smith, hasn’t been contacted by the Lakers yet. This was via Smith’s Instagram stores, in a Q&A session.
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