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Cavs will not rule out surgery for Dion Waiters

Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard Dion Waiters still has a loose fragment of cartilage in his knee and the team has not ruled out arthroscopic surgery this summer. Waiters recently missed 10 games due to the injury but he has since returned to play in the Cavs’ two past contests. It appears as if he will suit up the rest of the way.

“It feels good,” Waiters said about his knee. “I’m jumping and dunking. If I can do that, then I’m ready to go.”
If the Cavaliers do elect to have Waiters go under the knife, he will still be ready for training camp next season. The only thing that he could miss would be Summer League.
In 59 games through the 2012-13 season, the recent fourth-overall pick has averaged 14.6 points (41.0 percent), 2.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per contest.

  • The_Matt_Of_Akron

    Why aren’t we shutting him down now? We’re still neck-and-neck with Phoenix.

    Also, when I see things like “the team has not ruled out arthroscopic surgery” and “If the Cavaliers do elect to have Waiters go under the knife” it makes me wonder: does Dion have any say in this or is it a contract clause issue or something?

  • Lunch

    Doesn’t matter what “we” want. I’ll bet the CAVS plan is to develop our young players, show them that the organization is dedicated to succeed in the future, and play to win, regardless of their record, then determine the team’s next move once the season is over. Much better than to tell the players to give up and hope our next draft pick is good enough to put us over the top.

  • The_Matt_Of_Akron

    Last night didn’t look like the product of an organization dedicated to succeed.

  • Harv 21

    I’m quite sure no contract could legally force an athlete to undergo surgery without his consent. A lot of athletes wisely get a second opinion, given the inherent conflict of interest when a doctor making the recommendation is employed or paid by the team.

  • Lunch

    Why focus on one game, and not the entire season as a whole?

  • The_Matt_Of_Akron

    Ok, I’ll bite. A 24-56 record combined with multiple 4th quarter blown leads of 20 points or more does not look like the product of an organization dedicated to succeeding. Better?

  • Lunch

    What you have stated shows to me that the Cavs are a work in progress. In time, they will learn how to obtain 20 point leads, and keep that lead throughout the 4th quarter. Now if the Cavs weren’t an organization dedicated to succeeding, then wouldn’t it be logical for their record to be 0-82 Instead of 24-56?

  • The_Matt_Of_Akron

    Maybe I need to clarify my stance. I think the CAVS front office is dedicated to succeeding in the 2013-14 season and beyond. To that end, they should be trying to do things to make those seasons better, with the current 2012-13 season being considered moot. In such a case, it is my opinion that they should not be playing a guy who may need surgery in order to win two more games at the end of a lost season that will lower their percentage slot in the draft lottery.

    While “establishing a winning culture” does have certain unquantifiable advantages, ending THIS season on a two game winning streak (now, one game winning streak due to last night’s loss) would give no appreciable bump, in my opinion, because we had lost 8 of the last 10.

    Furthermore, your claim that the only logical record for a team not interested in winning is 0-82 is just silly. By extending that “logic”, a team that ends the season at 1-81 shows evidence that it is dedicated to success. If you think this is true, then we’ll have to agree to disagree and move on.