NBA Trade Rumor: Cavaliers ‘shopping’ Dion Waiters

The Cleveland Cavaliers are reportedly “shopping” second-year guard Dion Waiters, according to ESPN’s Chris Broussard. He later expanded upon his initial tweet with an article over at ESPN.com.

The rumor comes prior to tonight’s showdown against the two-time defending champs from Miami. Broussard reports, via a source, that the Cavs have spoken with the Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers and possibly other clubs. No trade is necessarily imminent. Broussard writers that Waiters did not demand a trade, but brought up the subject in a three-hour meeting with GM Chris Grant and Mike Brown last week.

Waiters, who turns 22 in two weeks, has averaged 14.4 points, 2.9 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game in his brief 75-game NBA career thus far. He’s been benched in favor of C.J. Miles and now undrafted rookie free agent Matthew Dellavedova already this season. Broussard added more details on the infamous players-only meeting as well, introducing the idea that Waiters and Tristan Thompson got into an altercation during the session.

The future of the former Syracuse guard has been a hot topic almost constantly since the Cavs surprised the NBA community in drafting him No. 4 overall 17 months ago. The team had only been linked to Waiters in the final day leading up to the draft.

Now, with the Cavaliers still mired in sub-par play and off to a disappointing 4-10 start, Broussard reports that the Cavs are interested in a roster shake-up. Certainly, this echoes back to the playoff hopes before the season, although the team only remains two games out of the No. 8 seed in the terrible Eastern Conference.

The only trade target explicitly mentioned by Broussard is Chicago forward Luol Deng, who is a free agent after this season.

Update at 5:48 p.m — As expected, the Cavs insist they’re not shopping Waiters, but have received calls about him, per the Plain Dealer’s Cavs writers.

[Related: The Diff: Making sense of Dion Waiters’ present and future]

  • Steve

    You certainly can’t go wrong trading players at their absolute lowest value.

  • Harv 21

    huge concern. Sometimes it’s an agent that leaks this stuff on behalf of a complaining player. On the other hand, if both the head coach and GM really sat down with a young player for 3 hours my guess is some significant issues have developed.

  • Lunch

    Another Toilet rumor. I’m going back to bed.


  • JHop

    Would pull the trigger on a Waiters deal for Luol Deng or Evan Turner in a heartbeat. Although I’m sure Iman Shumpert’s defensive ability is exactly what Mike Brown is looking for. Wouldn’t be surprised to see the Knicks and Cavs swap their unhappy rookie guards.

  • notchrisgrant

    Trade Irving if you trade anyone. Makes more sense. He’s been hurt every year since high school. Waiters plays fearless every game. Sell high not low.

  • Deron R. Pope

    Surprise, Surprise. Young, ball-dominant backcourt tandems don’t last long. In fact, none have lasted more than two seasons together. I would love to see Waiters with the Bulls; they need a perimeter scorer badly. I’d also like him with MCW on the Sixers, especially in a trade for Evan Turner


  • saggy

    i’d do it for any of those guys yesterday. I love Shumpert. Guy is a great defender – 1st team all-nba worthy defender – and can score just enough. His stock will rise as he regains confidence in his health. Deng is on the downside but plays a position we need. I think Turner is really coming around, and i would do the deal for him because he plays SF. Philly is likely looking to deal him while his value is on the rise, too. That would be a fair trade.

    I know some of you will say it’s a bad time to deal Dion, since his value is “low,” but i don’t think his value will ever be higher again. Pull the trigger on a deal you like, Mr. Grant….

  • jamierules

    I seriously looked into this trade rumor until I saw Broussard’s name attached to it. Not saying he can never be right, but has he ever been right?

  • simond

    great new tradition – trading top 5 picks at the beginning of their 2nd year when the team isnt winning

    i’m just hoping we can get something of value back

    joe banner used the whole “value” angle, wonder if chris grant follows suit

  • Wow

    If they do, hopefully it’s for someone who can score. This team can barely crack 90. Yikes.