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January 10, 2015 Updates

The New York Knicks, by signing Louis Amundson to a 10-day contract Saturday, have just expanded the NBA’s all-time 10-team club to an even dozen. Amundson was promptly waived by the Knicks earlier this week after they acquired him from Cleveland as part of the three-team swap with Memphis and Oklahoma City headlined by J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert and Dion Waiters. But by resigning him, New York has given Amundson the opportunity to join the following exclusive list Below are the only 12 players in league history to have played for at least 10 different teams: 12 teams: Chucky Brown, Jim Jackson, Tony Massenburg and Joe Smith. 11 teams: Mike James and Kevin Ollie. 10 teams: Lou Amundson, Earl Boykins, Mark Bryant, Drew Gooden, Damon Jones and Aaron Williams. ESPN.com

January 8, 2015 Updates

Waiters reportedly clashed with Irving and wasn't happy about primarily not starting. He averaged career-lows of 10.5 points, 2.2 assists, 25.6 percent 3-point shooting and 23.8 minutes for Cleveland while coming off the bench in 30 of 33 games this season. Waiters also said he was "held back" from showing his game. "I knew something was going to happen with everything that was going on with the way we were playing," Waiters said. "I just knew. I just sensed it." Yahoo! Sports

"We never really played together," Waiters said. "Of course, I played with 'Ky,' but we never played with 'Kev' or LeBron and those types of guys who dominated on the opposing team. For them to come to Cleveland, we all had to change our games for the betterment of the team. "For instance, my scoring went down [along with] 'Ky.' We're used to having the ball, and with LeBron he needs the ball to facilitate, make plays and things like that. It was a chemistry thing that was still building." Yahoo! Sports

But just as he was preparing to go out, Raja Bell, Cleveland’s director of player administration, tapped Waiters on the shoulder. He wouldn’t be starting. He wouldn’t be playing. He’d just been traded. “Yeah, they said my name,” Waiters recalled. “I was literally about to walk out. And he comes up to me and said, ‘Listen, you’re about to be traded son.’ I said, ‘Huh? To where?’ It just happened so fast. He didn’t even know what was going on. I’m like ‘I can’t play? At least let me play.'” Waiters said in the moment he was “bitter. Just a little bitter.” Oklahoman

There was such high expectations with Cleveland entering the season. What went wrong? Dion Waiters: Uhh, we never really played together. Of course I’d played with Kyrie (Irving), but I’d never played with Kevin (Love) or LeBron (James) or those type of guys who dominated on their opposing teams. So for them to come to Cleveland, we all had to change our game for the better of the team. Like, for instance, my scoring went down. Ky, he’s used to having the ball, but with LeBron, he’s a guy that needs the ball to facilitate and make plays. It was a chemistry thing that we was still building. Like they said, Rome wasn’t built in one day. We had to continue to figure it out day by day. Oklahoman

Until James strolled into Cleveland's locker room Wednesday night, the Cavaliers lived much of this without him. He said he hadn't talked to Waiters since the trade Monday night and "I haven't reached out to anybody." We don't know whom he calls or texts, but James' interactions with his Cavs teammates may have been limited to a shoutout on Instagram last Friday – Day 2 of his rehab program – and some tweets on Wednesday asking fans to vote for Love and Irving for next month's All-Star Game in New York. Cleveland Plain Dealer

January 7, 2015 Updates

"I was excited (when he heard of the trade)," Waiters said. "I get to come to an organization that has been to the Finals, with young talented guys. And there are big expectations here also. I would love to be a part of something like that. This is a business, at the end of the day…(The Cavaliers) wanted to go in a different direction. I'm just happy they sent me here, to another great organization where I get a chance to play with another great player as far as Russ, Kev, and the other guys. I think I'm in a win-win situation. I take it as a positive thing." USA Today Sports

Dave McMenamin: LeBron on Dion Waiters: "I'm happy he's in the West." Meant as a sign of respect, meaning Dion will have revenge on his mind vs CLE. Twitter @mcten

"We never really played together," Waiters said when asked why it wasn't working as well as they'd hoped to this point. "I mean of course I played with Ky (Irving), but we'd never played with Kev or LeBron or those types of guys who dominated on their opposing team. For them to come to Cleveland, we all had to change our game for the better of the team. For instance, my scoring went down. Ky (and Waiters), we're used to having the ball, and with LeBron he's a guy who needs the ball to facilitate, make plays and things like that. It was a chemistry that we were still building. Like they say, Rome wasn't built in one day, so we just had to continue to figure it out game by game." USA Today Sports

"We're excited to have him," Brooks said. "He brings a toughness. He brings a scorer. He brings a competitor…It's going to take some time integrate him with our system. It's going to take some time to integrate him with the group, and even with me. There's going to be an adjustment period. We're not going judge him by one shootaround. We're not going to judge him by one game. We have plenty of time to continue to build his habits to make him a better player, day by day. We've always had that approach." USA Today Sports

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