Knicks targeting former Syracuse standout Dion Waiters

The latest reported Knicks target is a former Syracuse stud dogged by underachieving in the NBA but also coming off a career year in Miami.

Dion Waiters, a 25-year-old shooting guard known for his ultra confidence, has been in contact with the Knicks as other options fall off the board, according to ESPN.

Waiters has already played for three teams since being drafted fourth overall by the Cavs in 2012. He was signed last summer by Miami on a one-year, $ 2.9 million deal, and then nearly carried the team to the playoffs by averaging 15.8 points in 46 games (he missed much of the season because of a muscle tear). Before that, he struggled to fit in with Cleveland and Oklahoma City.

Waiters is a scorer — not a distributor — and would not fill the hole at point guard.

Knicks want veteran point guard to pair with Frank Ntilikina

Dion Waiters profiles as a scorer and not a distributor, so he wouldn't fir the Knicks' need for a point guard.

Dion Waiters profiles as a scorer and not a distributor, so he wouldn’t fir the Knicks’ need for a point guard.

(Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports)

The Knicks have been hoping to nab a veteran to mentor and play above rookie Frank Ntilikina at that position, however, George Hill became the latest to fall off the board when he agreed Tuesday to a three-year deal with the Kings. They have been in contact with point guard Shelvin Mack.

Rajon Rondo and Derrick Rose also remain unsigned.  

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