Cleveland Cavaliers Need to Stop Wasting Dion Waiters' Time

By Shane Phillips
David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Cavaliers won their fifth straight game on Tuesday night as they used a team effort to defeat the Philadelphia 76ers 114-85. The Cavs had seven players in double figures as they improved to 21-33 overall, only 2.5 games back of eighth place in the NBA East. Among those players in double-figures was the young and talented guard Dion Waiters.

Waiters scored 13 points along with four rebounds and three assists, but hyper-extended his knee and did not return to the game. Speaking of not returning, Waiters would be wise to not return to the Cavaliers at all, especially if he wants to make a name for himself. However, Cleveland would be dumb to let Waiters slip away, and the franchise has been even dumber not to start him.

After starting 48 games in his rookie season and averaging close to 15 points a game, Waiters has only started nine games this season even though his production has remained consistent.

I will be brutally honest with both the Cavs and Waiters, but I will start with the team. Waiters is currently the second-best player on the roster and easily the best shooting guard on the team. He is strong, powerful and tough; the perfect opposite to play alongside Kyrie Irving. But Mike Brown would rather play him off the bench.

Hey Mike, you ever think that it’s dumb decisions like this one that caused you to lose your job in Cleveland the first time around, as well as chase away LeBron James?

It is no secret that the Cavs organization isn’t exactly run by geniuses, and that is why I will move my attention to Waiters. Leave the Cavaliers as soon as you can! Do what ever you can, Waiters, to get out of that god-forsaken city and away from that pitiful franchise. James left and his success sky rocketed. Plus, Waiters will forever be stuck in the shadow of Irving as long as both stay in Cleveland.

Waiters has the potential to be a fantastic player; he just needs to be surrounded by the right people and coaches. The Cavaliers are a team full of pessimism and disappointed. It is a team that sucks that soul from every player it encounters until that player either wises up or retires. Waiters should take my advice seriously and leave the Cavs, demand a trade, throw a fit — do whatever he can to find a new team. Waiters’ future is bright, but Cleveland is currently stealing the light.

Shane Phillips is an NBA Writer for Follow Shane on Twitter @ShaneRantNBA, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. You can also email Shane at

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