Darren Collison’s surprise appearance at the Staples Center on Thursday is the closest he will get to being a Laker this season.

The veteran point guard will stay retired, according to ESPN.com, leaving the Lakers scrambling to add another piece for their championship push after standing pat at the trade deadline.

Collison, 32, was a steady player throughout his 10 years in the league. His rejection, though, has the Lakers looking at an unpredictable option. The website reports that the team will have exploratory conversations with Dion Waiters, who was waived by the Grizzlies on Sunday after being part of the Andre Iguodala trade with the Heat.

Dion Waiters
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Waiters is a streaky scorer and could potentially give the Lakers the playmaking boost next to LeBron James they are seeking. However, the 28-year-old comes with risks. Waiters was suspended three times by the Heat this season: once over his public frustrations over playing time, then for passing out on a team flight for overdosing on THC-infused edibles and finally for calling out of practice only to post a video of him celebrating his birthday on Instagram.

Waiters is a client of James’ agent and confidant Rich Paul and he was a former client of Lakers GM Rob Pelinka. However, he would have to get through a similar vetting process the Lakers applied to Dwight Howard before signing the center this offseason.