Dion Waiters would like to sign with the Philadelphia 76ers in the offseason, according to a source close to him.
“He wants to come home,” said the source, noting that Waiters is from South Philly. “Plus, he knows that he could be the missing shooting guard they need. And he could possibility get a [very lucrative] contract with the Sixers.”
Philadelphia will have ample cap space to sign Waiters.
Waiters will be a restricted free agent, however, meaning the Thunder can match any offer sheet he signs.
The Thunder are under the impression Waiters would like to remain with the franchise.
“Dion has made it clear that he feels he has found a basketball home in Oklahoma City and is committed to being a part of the culture that exists,” Sam Presti said in a statement published by The Oklahoman earlier this month. “The team sees him as someone who has his best basketball in front of him as has the potential to be a contributor for years to come with more to develop in our program.”
“He really would like that to come home,” the source said. “He talked about getting a place downtown not too far from the arena so playing at home would be less of a distraction.”