Report: Cavaliers shopping shooting guard Dion Waiters
The Cavaliers are shopping second-year shooting guard Dion Waiters, who has worn out his welcome with several high-profile teammates, according to ESPN’s Chris Broussard.
Broussard reports the Cavs have approached three teams with specific players in mind: the Knicks’ Iman Shumpert, the Sixers’ Evan Turner and the Bulls’ Luol Deng. The Cavs are believed to have let other teams know that Waiters is available.
Waiters reportedly is open to being traded, but broached the possibility during a three-hour meeting last week with coach Mike Brown and general manager Chris Grant. Waiters reportedly has developed a contentious relationship with several Cavs including star point guard Kyrie Irving.
Watier got into an altercation with Cavs forward Tristan Thompson during a players-only meeting after a 29-point loss to the Timberwolves on Nov. 13, according to the report.
Sources described the following account via ESPN:
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.
However, Waiters and Irving are not close. Waiters believes the Cavaliers have a double standard when it comes to Irving, sources said. Waiters feels that while Irving is allowed to get away with loafing defensively, making turnovers and taking bad shots, he is taken out of games for such things. Waiters has shared his views with Brown and Grant.
Waiters denied reports of the incident after returning from an unexplained absence that lasted several days.