HoopsHype Dion Waiters + Trade rumors

February 19, 2014 Updates
February 18, 2014 Updates

There has been talk, going back to December, that the Cleveland Cavaliers were eager to move second-year guard Dion Waiters, who has struggled to get along with star point guard Kyrie Irving on the court and in the locker room. Teams continue to call the Cavs about Waiters, but as a source told Sporting News on Tuesday there is “nothing imminent there” on a Waiters trade. Sporting News

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From there, Cleveland compounded mistake upon mistake. Grant passed on Connecticut center Andre Drummond in the 2012 draft, because he didn't want to pair two such unpolished offensive players as Thompson and Drummond together, sources said. Grant had always warned player agents that the Cavaliers would never a select a player who didn't come and work out for the franchise. Only Grant did just that when he took Syracuse guard Dion Waiters with the fourth overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft. If the Cavaliers weren't going to select Drummond, Irving badly wanted them to consider his close friend, Harrison Barnes. Cleveland passed, and Irving and Waiters have struggled to co-exist together. Before his firing, Grant had started to shop Waiters to teams around the league. Yahoo! Sports

February 11, 2014 Updates

Boston has kicked around almost every intriguing "buy low" piece in the league, especially guys on rookie deals. The Celtics have an appetite for low-cost risk on high-upside talent, even talent with "attitude" issues, but Waiters might be too far down the road for Boston at this point. But if the Cavs can find a decent future first-rounder for Waiters, they have to think about it. Celtics Blog

February 4, 2014 Updates

Waiters, of course, is no stranger to adversity. He was asked to leave practice last week because of a poor attitude and has been mentioned in trade rumors most of the season, talk that has only increased with the Feb. 20 trade deadline approaching. "I don't worry about that stuff,'' he said of the trade rumors. "If it's going to happen, it's going to happen. If not, it's not. I can't control that. It's out of my hands.'' Cleveland Plain Dealer

February 2, 2014 Updates

Two sources close to the team confirmed that barring a significant turnaround before the trade deadline, this roster will likely face some upheaval. That very well could include Waiters, whose act has worn thin on his teammates and various members of the organization. Akron Beacon Journal

January 5, 2014 Updates

Los Angeles could save $20 million-plus on a Gasol-Bynum deal, but the Lakers' insistence on more than salary-cap relief from the Cavaliers – such as Waiters or a draft pick – has been a significant hurdle in discussions. Cleveland sees Gasol – who will be a free agent in 2014 – as a rental player for the rest of this season and largely wants the Lakers to view the substantial financial savings as motivation to complete the deal, sources said. Yahoo! Sports

Adrian Wojnarowski: As Lakers push for assets in Gasol-Bynum discussions, Cavs have refused to include Dion Waiters in talks, league sources tell Yahoo Sports. Twitter @WojYahooNBA

December 17, 2013 Updates

Waiters denied those rumors after they came out and said he was taking a nap Tuesday when he learned of the latest trade talk that said he wanted to be traded to Philadelphia, his hometown. "I was asleep," he said. "I don't know what's going on. My phone's blowing up. The way my phone was going crazy, I thought I got traded." USA Today Sports

Dion Waiters says he hasn’t told anyone he wants to part ways with the Cavaliers. The second-year guard did admit, however, that he’s a little tired of being the center of trade rumors. “Yeah, man. Dion this. Dion that. You know,” he said while smiling in the Cavs’ locker room prior to Tuesday’s game vs. Portland. “At the end of the day, there's nothing I can do. They keep coming up with these stories that I have no idea about. But they're got to write about something. I don't know why Dion's the topic of the conversation every time.” FOXSports Ohio

“Why would I do that? It makes no sense,” Waiters said on the latest report. “This is the team that drafted me. People come up with their own things, man. I was sleeping. I wake up. … it's crazy when you wake up and you see all this stuff. At the end of the day, I know what I said, what I didn't say. That's one of the things I absolutely never said. It is what it is, man. They can keep talking. I know I didn't say it.” FOXSports Ohio

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