HoopsHype Dion Waiters rumors

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

November 18, 2013 Updates

He said there were no physical confrontations. “Nobody got into (any) altercations or anything like that,” he said. “We got everything off our chests that we needed to. All the other rumors, man, are rumors. Don’t believe it. It’s not true. We talked. Everybody talked. Nobody put their hands on (anybody).” He said the players vented and got some things off their chest. “People said what they felt,” Waiters said. “I said what I felt. Other guys said what they felt. At the end of the day, (we’re) men, so we’ve got to get it off our chest, especially being a players-only meeting, we’ve got to say what we feel. “It’s not good to keep something inside that’s going to keep building and keep building and you don’t say (anything) about it. So at the end of the day, everybody said something.” News-Herald

If they trade Waiters (and there are rumblings that he's been a source of chemistry issues in the locker room) what can they get? Not sure his value is super high right now. Ditto for Anthony Bennett. Kyrie Irving is probably the only untouchable guy on this team, just not sure the assets are there to get a valuable chip back in return. ESPN.com

November 17, 2013 Updates

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