According to Chris Broussard of ESPN.com, the Cleveland Cavaliers are shopping second-year shooting guard Dion Waiters. Broussard also notes that Waiters is open to be being traded and that the Cavs have spoken to the New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls and Philadelphia 76ers already. No deal is imminent, however.
There are several reasons why it makes sense for the Cavs to shop Waiters. The 2013-14 season hasn’t started the way Cavs fans and management had hoped — it seems obvious that there needs to be a few changes to the roster or coaching staff. Also, there was the rumored physical altercation between him and star point guard Kyrie Irving a few weeks ago — Broussard said that was false, but that Waiters and Tristan Thompson got into a heated exchange. It is clear that the Cavs have chemistry issues, and it looks like Waiters is at the center of them.
It is unfortunate how this situation has worked out. Waiters was picked No. 4 overall in the 2012 NBA draft by the Cavs, and less than two years later the team is already looking to ship him out. Hopefully the Cavs will be able to get something good in return considering his youth and talent level.
The teams that are rumored to be involved in the trade discussions are all interesting. The Knicks have been shopping Iman Shumpert, so that is a possibility. The Bulls have a few players that interest the Cavs, including Luol Deng and maybe Jimmy Butler. The 76ers have three players that may interest the Cavs — Evan Turner, Thaddeus Young and Spencer Hawes. Along with being a great fit for a potential trade with the Cavs, the 76ers are also a good fit because Waiters is from Philadelphia. If Waiters does get traded it wouldn’t shock anyone if it is to one of these three teams. It will be interesting to see how this situation continues to develop — we surely haven’t heard the last of it.