HoopsHype Dion Waiters rumors

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Matthew Dellavedova will get the first crack at being Irving's backup - and head coach David Blatt raved about Dellavedova's during summer league. Veteran A.J. Price was added recently to push Dellavedova. But there's another player on the roster hoping to get a chance to run Blatt's offense: Dion Waiters. "I'd love to play point guard," Waiters said during his press conference on Friday. "I would love the opportunity if coach gave me a shot at that, I would love to take on the full commitment to that because I think I could play the one also." Cleveland Plain Dealer

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“If you ask me a question, I’m just going to answer it,” Waiters told SLAM, in response to a comment he offered recently about his goal of securing a starting spot this year. “You dream about being a starter in the NBA your whole life. I’m right here with a chance to do that and I’m not backing down from the challenge. So when somebody asks me if that’s my goal, I’m going to just answer truthfully. I don’t mean any disrespect to anybody. I’m just trying to compete. Anybody in my position would think the same way. I worked hard to get where I’m at today. I haven’t reached my peak. I feel like I’m still getting started. But as a man, in the NBA, if you don’t have confidence in yourself nobody else will.” SLAM

The possibility of playing next to the world’s best player became increasingly real for Waiters when his phone rang early last month. But he didn’t ultimately know where James would end up until he read his decision on July 11. “We’ve talked,” Waiters said of his new teammate. “I actually talked with LeBron before he made his decision. He called me and just told me to be ready. Be ready. I talked to him four or five days before he made his decision. He just got on the phone and said I haven’t made my mind up yet but be ready. I told him that I’m already working hard. I’ll be ready. And he said, I know, I know you are. Then a few days later I read the letter. I was just really excited for the city of Cleveland. I think the city, more than anybody, deserves this. They deserve to have LeBron coming back. I think the excitement is really back in Cleveland and I’m looking forward to being a part of that.” SLAM

As LeBron James makes his return to Northeast Ohio, Waiters is also preparing to be part of something special in Cleveland. The possibility of playing next to the world’s best player became increasingly real for Waiters when his phone rang early last month. But he didn’t ultimately know where James would end up until he read his decision on July 11. “We’ve talked,” Waiters said of his new teammate. “I actually talked with LeBron before he made his decision. He called me and just told me to be ready. Be ready. I talked to him four or five days before he made his decision. He just got on the phone and said I haven’t made my mind up yet but be ready. I told him that I’m already working hard. I’ll be ready. And he said, I know, I know you are. Then a few days later I read the letter. I was just really excited for the city of Cleveland. I think the city, more than anybody, deserves this. They deserve to have LeBron coming back. I think the excitement is really back in Cleveland and I’m looking forward to being a part of that.” SLAM

Dion Waiters: Yea a lot how at @LeBron James say lt #strivingFORgreatness RT @LightsOutJc: @Dion Waiters you been practicing your free throws dion? Twitter @dionwaiters3

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Dion Waiters: Alonzo Gee is a great teammate my bro RT @insiderjoe24: @Dion Waiters Dion who was the best teammate you've ever played with. Twitter @dionwaiters3

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Jake Fischer: I've never heard Sixers have truly been interested in Dion Waiters & swapping Thad's professionalism for a gunner doesn't seem like Hinkie. Twitter @JakeLFischer

On top of all that, there are league-wide whispers of a third team perhaps getting involved in a potential Cavs-Wolves deal, whispers of the 76ers possessing a strong interest in Cavs guard Dion Waiters, whispers of another major transaction on the way. Yeah. Unreal. FoxSports.com

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