Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard Dion Waiters believes “there’s a strong possibility he’ll get traded”, according to Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio.
it certainly wouldn’t be surprising to see Waiters get dealt sometime soon. Amico reports the Cavs see Andrew Wiggins as a shooting guard, so what Waiters’ role on next year’s squad would be is a bit of a mystery.
Also, it’s been fairly well documented that Waiters and Cavs point guard Kyrie Irving don’t get along. The two got into a messy verbal altercation in November of last season.
From ESPN’s Chris Broussard:
Irving called the meeting after the game, and every player spoke. When Waiters was given the floor, he criticized Thompson and Irving, accusing them of playing “buddy ball” and often refusing to pass to him.
However, Waiters and Irving are not close. Waiters believes the Cavaliers have a double standard when it comes to Irving, sources said. Waiters feels that while Irving is allowed to get away with loafing defensively, making turnovers and taking bad shots, he is taken out of games for such things. Waiters has shared his views with Brown and Grant.
That the Cavaliers gave Irving a maximum contract extension this summer clearly shows where the team’s allegiances are.
However, Waiters shouldn’t pack his bags just yet. Amico also reported the Cavs are not involving the guard in trade talks right now.
It is not believed the Cavs are actively shopping Waiters, but interest around the league is clearly high. One team with a top-10 pick approached the Cavs about Waiters prior to the draft, sources said.
Waiters averaged 15.9 points on 43.3 percent shooting from the floor last season. He was the No. 4 pick in the 2012 draft.