NBA News: Cavs’ Waiters out at least one week, could need surgery

Cleveland Cavaliers rookie shooting guard Dion Waiters will miss at least the next week with an injury to his left knee.

Waiters was examined earlier on Tuesday and was determined — via MRI — to have small, loose cartilage fragement. He will undergo a period of tests and treatment while being subject to additional observations and examination. Following one week’s time, he will be evaluated on the next steps of his treatment and recovery, which could include an arthroscopic procedure.

Waiters, in his freshman campaign, is averaging 14.9 points and 3.1 assists per game. He had been initially relied upon to take the brunt of the scoring responsibility following the injury sustained by point guard Kyrie Irving. It is believed that Wayne Ellington will start in Waiters’ place. Cavaliers head coach Byron Scott has also mentioned the potential for the Cavaliers to add another body as the team currently has several inactive players.

The Cavaliers’ regular season ends on April 17 in Charlotte.

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  • BenRM

    This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things v.2.0

  • Yup


  • ThatAlex

    Wow, this season has officially become unwatchable.
    Is baseball here yet?

  • Vindictive_Pat

    So… can we officially flip-flop our first and second units for the Miami Heat matchup? I have more confidence in those guys being able to do something/anything than a first unit featuring Boobie Gibson.

  • Harv 21

    If I’m Shaun Livingston I’m coming down with mad cow disease or something immediately. Because otherwise Byron is going to mess up his rehabbing knee and contract chances by playing him 38m/game.

  • saggy

    how do you spell “TANK”?

  • Shaun Livingston… Tank Commander.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Goin’ out on a limb here and predicting the Heat extend their win streak to 23!

  • architrance

    Fine. Sit Kyrie/Dion the rest of the season and lock up (at least) the #3 seed in the lotto. That’s at least a 15.6% chance of winning #1 overall. I’ll take it.

  • zonk

    Cavs cover the +29 points though

  • Matt S

    Here’s a quick list of free agent point guards that might be considered for “playing out the string” duty if Waiters is out for the rest of the year:

    Gilbert Arenas, Delonte West, Michael Redd, Earl Boykins, Derek Fisher.

    In Canton, they also could call up Kyle Gibson (16.6 PPG, 6’5, getting significant minutes). I guess that’s one of their better players down there. Anyone know of any better options?

  • mgbode


  • steve-o

    I’m waiting for them to discover that Tristan has a hang nail and will need at least a month to recover. Positioning themselves for the lottery is the best thing for the team long term, but this has to be the last time ever.

  • mgbode

    if we do end up drafing Noel, then it might not be (regardless of him, he just likely won’t be healthy until after the allstar break)

  • javi

    Waiters is a great addition to the Cavs and should provide a
    lot of energy in the years to come, so he shouldn’t rush through the injury
    just to participate in a “lost season”. I’m optimistic for the
    Cavs in the next few seasons, and am glad I can find all the games I want, even
    living here in Colorado. I transferred to Denver to work for DISH, and
    with the Hopper’s new DISH Game Finder I can find all the Cavs games on TV in a
    matter of seconds. It also lets me schedule reminders and recordings, and
    delivers box scores constantly. It’s the best way to keep track of your
    team from across the country.

  • mgbode

    hey, you have to earn money somehow even if it is putting ads in comments on a sports site. but, I always found Game Finder technology hilarious. if you really are in Denver and want to watch the Cavs games, then you have to go up to the 20 NBA League Pass Channels. not much “finding” to be done.