HoopsHype Dion Waiters + Trade rumors

December 17, 2013 Updates

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

It’s just like when Andrew Bynum returned for opening night. No one in the organization had said that would happen, but when enough pieces fall into place, you can start to see the big picture. That’s how I thought in mid-October the Cavs were preparing Bynum to play in the opener and that’s how I feel with Waiters. If the Cavs don’t get an offer they like for him, they’ll hold onto him. I get the impression there are teams around the league interested in him. Akron Beacon Journal

For the record, the Cavs are not working hard to make any sort of trade, especially any involving big man Anderson Varejao or guard Dion Waiters. While general manager Chris Grant is a willing listener (and admittedly likes to make deals), the Cavs are pleased with the way things have looked lately. And who could blame them? They've won five of seven since their 4-12 start. And in one of the two losses (Saturday at Miami), they were in it at the end. FOXSports Ohio

December 12, 2013 Updates
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November 29, 2013 Updates

Cleveland will be active in the trade market, and Waiters is at the front of the line. His candid comments in a team meeting about Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson playing "buddy ball" and not passing him the ball has further stoked the flames -- and simultaneously hurt his trade value. It's also worth noting that Waiters is only 21, and some rival execs are reluctant to predict that Cleveland will give up on the 2012 No. 4 pick this quickly. As 2014 prospective free agent LeBron James said recently of his former team, "They have some really good pieces." CBSSports.com

November 28, 2013 Updates

Cavs sources are disputing Chris Broussard’s ESPN report that Waiters essentially encouraged both Chris Grant and Mike Brown to explore trading him. Further, the team privately insists they haven’t made any calls offering Waiters to other teams. They have fielded calls on a number of young players, including Waiters, but have not offered him up to anyone. Akron Beacon Journal

November 27, 2013 Updates

Waiters said before Wednesday’s game he hasn’t asked to be traded. “I don’t know what is going on,” he said. “I can only control what I can control.” He disputed the reported “three-hour meeting” he supposedly had with Cavs general manager Chris Grant. "That’s nonsense,” he said. He said he doesn’t want to be traded anywhere. “I’m happy,” Waiters said. “I’m not happy we’re losing. But I’m happy here.” News-Herald

Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters said he had never asked the Cavs to trade him and he called ESPN reports of a three-hour meeting with Chris Grant ''nonsense.'' "I can't be in nobody's office no three hours,'' he said, laughing, before last night's game against the Miami Heat at The Q. Cleveland Plain Dealer

Asked if he wanted Waiters here, Brown said, "Yes. He gives us an explosive scorer off the bench. He's extremely versatile. He can handle the ball on pick and rolls. He can come off of pin downs. There are a lot of things he can do. He's still such a young player that he's got a tremendous upside. Defensively he's gotten better on a weekly basis. He can be an impact player in this league and for us for many years.'' Cleveland Plain Dealer

The Cleveland Cavaliers are actively shopping second-year shooting guard Dion Waiters, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. Three teams the Cavaliers are known to have spoken with are the New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls and Philadelphia 76ers, the sources said. The Cavs' targets are Iman Shumpert in New York, Evan Turner in Philadelphia and Luol Deng in Chicago, sources said. ESPN.com

It is believed Cleveland has reached out to other clubs as well. Waiters, whom the Cavaliers drafted with the No. 4 pick in 2012, has a contentious relationship with several teammates, including star point guard Kyrie Irving, and sources say he is open to being traded. In fact, although Waiters has not demanded a trade, he brought up the subject in a three-hour meeting last week with coach Mike Brown and general manager Chris Grant, according to sources. ESPN.com

Sources described the following account: 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. Thompson took umbrage with Waiters' words and went back at him verbally. The two confronted each other, but teammates intervened before it could escalate into a fight. ESPN.com

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