HoopsHype Dion Waiters rumors

December 17, 2013 Updates

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

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

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“We got to be men, we got to grow up,” Waiters said. “This is not no little boys league. We can’t just turn it around and think it’s going to be easy. This is a man’s league so at the end of the day we got to bring it. Every night, everybody’s got to be on the same page. It’s a team game so at the end of the day, we got to go out there and have each other’s backs, no matter what – losing or winning. We got to weather the storm. I feel like we can weather it if we just go out there and do what we do.” HoopsWorld

December 2, 2013 Updates

There were a lot of smiles in the Cavaliers' locker room Saturday night after the end of a five-game losing streak with a solid 97-93 victory over the Derrick Rose-less Chicago Bulls, and one of the biggest belonged to Dion Waiters. "I love winning,'' said Waiters, who scored 20 points, making eight of 10 field goals, including both of his 3-point attempts and both free throws, with two rebounds, a steal and four turnovers. "That's the best thing about it. When you're winning, everybody's happy. You don't have to go home frustrated and miserable. At the end of the day, I love winning. I'm passionate. That's what it's about.'' Cleveland Plain Dealer

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

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