Oklahoma City Thunder shooting guard Dion Waiters is officially a restricted free agent now that his team has been eliminated from the playoffs, and said that he hopes to reach a new deal with the Thunder this offseason, according to The Oklahoman.
“Of course,” Waiters said about staying in Oklahoma City. “Why not? Since I got here I feel as though they have helped me become a better person off the court. It’s not even about basketball. I’ve never been connected with a group of guys like this that I’m actually close to. Why not? The best fans in the world. I’m definitely looking forward to coming back.”
Waiters, 24, finished his first full season with the Thunder after coming to the team from the Cleveland Cavaliers in a trade in January 2015.
In 78 regular season games, Waiters averaged 9.8 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists. He played 27.3 minutes per game this postseason, fifth-most on the team.
Oklahoma City was knocked out of the Western Conference final on Monday night after a 96–88 loss to the Golden State Warriors in Game 7 of their series.