Over the last year, there has been a lot of speculation the Cleveland Cavaliers could deal guard Dion Waiters to help fill other needs. Once LeBron James left the Miami Heat for a return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, those rumors started up again.
Despite the rumors, it doesn’t look like Waiters is going anywhere.
According to Mike Sielski of The Philadelphia Inquirer, James wants Waiters in Cleveland and has told him to “be ready.”
Waiters is excited about the opportunity.
“I’m still where I am, right?” Waiters, who averaged 15.3 points a game over his first two seasons in Cleveland, said in an interview last week after working out at the Competitive Edge Sports complex in King of Prussia. “You can’t listen to everything that’s out there. I’d say 10 percent is always true. Ninety percent is not. I’ve been traded for three years now.
“I hate losing, and a guy like [James], who’s probably the best player in the world right now, is someone I can learn from. I can grow. I still haven’t reached my peak. Now with a guy like that, he can open up the floor for you and give you a lot of opportunities.”
Waiters put up 15.9 points, 3.0 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 0.9 steals per game while shooting 43.3% from the floor, 36.8% from beyond the arc and 68.5% from the free throw line last season. Waiters, who was the fourth-overall pick by the Cavaliers in the 2012 NBA Draft, has put up 15.3 points, 3.0 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 0.9 steals per game while shooting 42.4% from the field, 34.2% from three and 71.4% from the charity stripe.
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