During May’s NBA Draft Lottery, the Cleveland Cavaliers lucked out for the third time in four seasons and received the number one-overall pick. There was a lot of talk about what the Cavaliers would do with that pick but they eventually decided to select former Kansas Jayhawks’ swingman Andrew Wiggins over his college teammate, center Joel Embiid and former Duke Blue Devils’ forward Jabari Parker.
The Cavaliers have committed to using Wiggins as a shooting guard and have been pursuing a small forward in free agency. They have shown interest in Washington Wizards’ swingman Trevor Ariza and have had advanced talks with Utah Jazz wing Gordon Hayward. In fact, according to one report, the Cavaliers are poised to offer the restricted free agent a max contract.
That could leave Cavaliers’ guard Dion Waiters as the odd man out.
Although Waiters believes he may be traded, the Cavaliers are not actively shopping Waiters, reports Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio.
Cavs guard Dion Waiters has said he thinks there’s a strong possibility he’ll get traded, a source close to him told FOX Sports Ohio.
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.
With the Cavs viewing No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins as mostly a shooting guard, the possibility exists that Waiters could be dealt before the season.
Waiters put up 15.9 points, 3.0 assists and 2.8 rebounds while shooting 43.3% from the floor, 36.8% from beyond the arc and 68.5% from the free throw line last season.