It's no secret that the Cleveland Cavaliers have been shopping second-year shooting guard Dion Waiters, and the latest update, according to two sources who spoke with Bleacher Report, is that the Chicago Bulls and Philadelphia 76ers have emerged as the top two suitors. And both are realistic destinations based on trade assets and financial complements. According to a source close to Waiters, he "wants out" of Cleveland and "prefers to go to Philly because he thinks he'd be the best player on the team. That's his mindset." But would the Sixers want Waiters to play alongside emerging star point guard Michael Carter-Williams, or would they see Waiters' arrogance—as those close to him describe him—as a red flag? 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." This season, while Waiters has made it clear he wants to start, coach Mike Brown has elected to use him off the bench so he and Irving can control the ball at different times. Waiters was the Big East Sixth Man of the Year as a sophomore at Syracuse, and in that role since Nov. 20, he's averaged 15.2 points per game. The change seems to suit the Cavaliers, who have won five of their past seven games.
Dion Waiters Wants out of Cleveland, Prefers Philly
Bleacher Report | Dec 17