HoopsHype Dion Waiters + Trade rumors

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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

Waiters had lofty expectations arriving in Cleveland as the fourth pick in the 2012 NBA draft, but the reality was that he was never going to overtake All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving as the team's focal point. "He thought he was going to come in and be a 2-guard and be a superstar," the source said. "He came in and was in the (Rising Stars Challenge) with half of his team last year. He worked really hard this offseason, and he came in with the mentality that this was going to be his team. And it's never going to be his team. It's always going to be Kyrie's team." Bleacher Report

If the Sixers are interested, it will no doubt force a difficult decision. Turner, who's one of the most versatile young stars in the league, is having a breakout campaign, averaging 19.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game. A source close to Turner believes the Sixers "love" the fourth-year shooting guard, but warned that the organization has "one of the most secretive front offices," so it's hard to tell what they're planning to do with him. Bleacher Report

The source close to Turner called the situation "complicated because of next year and money," and said that the Sixers "understand that they risk losing him to free agency." With Turner's agent David Falk's two biggest clients, Roy Hibbert and Jeff Green, earning $14.2 million and $8.7 million this season, respectively, there's a chance Turner's value could soar to $9 million or higher for the 2014-15 season. That's why another source familiar with the Sixers' front office believes Turner will be traded and Waiters "makes the most sense" to land in Philly. Bleacher Report

The Heat are another team interested in acquiring a shooting guard. Jordan Crawford, who has been playing well for the Boston Celtics, has been linked to the team, but what about Waiters? That's more unlikely, though. "They don't have enough to get Waiters," a source familiar with the Heat's front office said. Bleacher Report

The Cavaliers are not actively shopping Waiters, but they would listen if the right offers were made, not because Waiters is some kind of bad guy, but simply because the plan from the beginning was to amass talent, shift and manipulate that talent into a team that can compete in the postseason. The Cavs have found something of a groove managing both Waiters and Irving, generally with Waiters coming off the bench to spell Irving. While not necessarily ideal for Waiters, it’s a solution that allowed him to flourish and the team to have a modicum of success. HoopsWorld

If the Cavaliers trade Waiters, it will be because they get real value in return for him. The Cavs don’t view Waiters as a problem, they simply have duplication at a lot of spots and are open to cashing that in to improve. HoopsWorld

December 16, 2013 Updates

Let me be clear about this. No one in the Cavs organization has said Dion Waiters will be traded. In fact, the Cavs continue to insist the opposite. They’re in no rush to make a move, they won’t be leveraged or pressured into making a bad deal and they haven’t offered Waiters to any team in trade talks. Akron Beacon Journal

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