According to ESPN, the Cleveland Cavs are talking to the New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers, and the Chicago Bulls about a trading Dion Waiters. The Knicks have indicated that they would trade Iman Shumpert, so for now, that is the most likely scenario.
Waiters was drafted #4 overall in 2012 and, according to some sources, has had a contentious relationship with some of his team. He has met with Mike Brown and Chris Grant and is said to be “open to being traded”, but did not ask to be moved outright. It seems that all this came to a head during the Cavs players only meeting last week.
From the ESPN article: “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.”
Trading Waiters this early in his career makes me think that there is no fixing the relationship between him and his teammates. It has been made very clear that this is Kyrie‘s team, whether Waiters likes that or not.
Tonight is a big game: Cavs vs Heat 7:30pm