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Cleveland Cavaliers Rumors: Five Potential Landing Spots for Dion Waiters

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Five Landing Spots For Dion Waiters

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There's a good chance Dion Waiters ends up getting traded before the deadline in February.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have apparently decided to part ways with their shooting guard, but the reasons aren’t entirely due to what has happened on the court since being drafted last year with the fourth pick overall.

Sure, Waiters hasn’t been able to produce as expected from a top five pick and things get even worse when we note down he hasn’t improved this year and has lost his place in the starting lineup. The bigger reason for why Waiters might be traded, however, is due to what has happened off the court.

The rumors of the chemistry issues the Cavs had at the beginning of the year pointed to issues between Waiters and the rest of the team – Kyrie Irving included – and it seems like the team has improved since Waiters started receiving less and less minutes. In addition, he has mentioned several times that he prefers to be traded if he’s not going to start, and apparently that’s what will end up happening.

The second-year shooter has repeatedly said he wants to be on a team where he can be the go-to guy, and the Cavaliers are clearly Kyrie Irving’s team so both sides are on a completely different page. Since there are several teams that could use a shooter or even some help at the SG position, the market for Waiters should start to heat up sooner rather than later.

Without further ado, please join me through this slideshow as we check the five potential landing spots for Dion Waiters.

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5. Los Angeles Lakers

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While it’s unlikely to see Waiters moving to the Western Conference, if he were to make a move the Los Angeles Lakers could end up being a good fit. With three PG and Kobe Bryant out, Waiters would inject the team with some young blood. In addition, he would be a legitimate option to start at the point due to his tendency to operate with the ball in his hands. The Lakers might not have assets to convince the Cavs to make a deal, but this surely looks like a good bet for Mike D’Antoni’s team.

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4. Brooklyn Nets

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Even though he won’t get enough space to start with the Brooklyn Nets thanks to the presence of Joe Johnson, Dion Waiters could thrive if he lands at Brooklyn. Waiters would be employed as a go-to scorer coming off the bench and would be a solid complement for a second unit that has Paul Pierce but lacks a perimeter threat in the backcourt.

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3. New York Knicks

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The New York Knicks are looking everywhere to improve their team, and Dion Waiters could be a good choice. The Cavaliers are rumored to be asking for package centered around Iman Shumpert, though, and with no first-round picks until 2018 the Knicks might want to look elsewhere if the Cavs ask for too much.

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2. Chicago Bulls

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The Chicago Bulls have been reportedly mentioned as one top destination for the shooting guard. Even though talks haven’t been sustained, the Cavs are reportedly looking to get Luol Deng – who’s on an expiring contract – in return. Waiters would start for a Bulls team that has no consistent scorers in the backcourt, and he could even act as a primary ball handler if he’s paired alongside Jimmy Butler.

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1. Philadelphia 76ers

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Waiters has reportedly said he wants to land in Philly if he ends up being traded. Even though the Philadelphia 76ers haven’t said anything about his possible arrival, the interest of Waiters of playing in his hometown and the huge boost he’ll give the team – allowing Evan Turner to move to the SF position – in terms of scoring could make this an attractive deal for both sides.