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Cavs shouldn't be shopping Waiters

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07:33 AM ET 12.20 | Over the past 10 games, Dion Waiters is averaging a tick over 17 points on 48 percent shooting -- and the Cavs are 5-5 in those games. Before that, their record was 4-10. Just why would the Cavs be looking to dump Waiters when they have him coming off the bench in a super-sub role that is good for him and the team? I know, it's because Waiters supposedly isn't "happy" since being removed from the starting lineup. Yes, he'd rather start. But he's averaging 15.9 points since moving to the bench 13 games ago -- and he's trending upward, as the stats geeks like to say. So Waiters isn't pouting. Nor is he being disruptive off the court. His play has improved of late, and the same is true for the team. Is it possible Waiters will be traded? Yes. But not probable.

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December 20, 2013  07:52 AM ET

The Cavs aren't shopping Waiters so this is yet another fabricated "story". Plus, who starts isn't important, it's who finishes a game and Waiters is in the game at the end. The fact that CJ Miles or Alonzo Gee starts is irrelevant an Waiters plays way more minutes and is really the starter.

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December 20, 2013  08:05 AM ET

I cant wait to Waiters get traded.....Then Cavs are garbage anyways....

December 20, 2013  08:17 AM ET

I wonder where he ends up. Philly? NYK?

December 20, 2013  08:34 AM ET

Send Him To LA, Bros.

December 20, 2013  08:38 AM ET

Is he the only trade bait that the Cavs have?

December 20, 2013  08:41 AM ET

They should be shopping him since he is one of the few tradeable assets they have and they need to try and improve their team.

December 20, 2013  09:08 AM ET

Perfect role for Waiters. He gets to run the second unit and get the shots he wants without having to pry the ball away from Mini Mamba.

Harden parlayed that role into a max contract.

December 20, 2013  09:58 AM ET

tha cavs need to do decide if they want to compete or continue to just keep developing guys. You can't develop 4-5 kids at the same time and expect to compete- all it does is slow everyones development down

December 20, 2013  10:04 AM ET

so a story that says that Waiters is being shopped is fabricated.....

now, a story that says the Cavs will more than likely keep him is fabricated.......

@#$%^&*!

December 20, 2013  10:36 AM ET

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Cleveland has been one of the teams that is underachieving this year according to expectations, but the season is still young. Patience is needed, and unless they get value for value I would hold onto D. Waiters until I could come out ahead of the deal. He and Kyrie are 2 reason to have hope of LeBron returning. You start getting rid of your assets, you pretty much guarantee LeBron will stay away. Leave well enough alone and hope for the best comes season's end. Every team needs a scorer, and Waiters has proven that he can do just that. Relax guys.

December 20, 2013  11:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Cleveland has been one of the teams that is underachieving this year according to expectations, but the season is still young. Patience is needed, and unless they get value for value I would hold onto D. Waiters until I could come out ahead of the deal. He and Kyrie are 2 reason to have hope of LeBron returning. You start getting rid of your assets, you pretty much guarantee LeBron will stay away. Leave well enough alone and hope for the best comes season's end. Every team needs a scorer, and Waiters has proven that he can do just that. Relax guys.

They are handling it perfectly now. Previously there was friction because the Mini Mamba would hang onto the ball for his own shots. Now Waiters has the second unit where he can shine. He raises his own value so the Cavs could actually trade him easier later.

December 20, 2013  12:45 PM ET

ever since the calendar turned over to December the Cavs have had a tough schedule and have played it well.

Varejao and Bynum needed to knock the rust off- Clark and Waiters were both sent to the bench..Jack was acclimated....there was a lot of upheaval

Waiters is only 21 years old, as is Irving, and both obviously have a lot of talent- if Wade and James can share one ball- there is no reason that Irving and Waiters cannot learn to share one ball.

Waiters is a little bulldog and I think actually has a higher ceiling defensively than Kyrie. Unless the Cavs get absolutely blown away- they have this guy for about 14 million for the next 3 years. Do not ruin that.

December 20, 2013  12:57 PM ET

Waiters (right wrist ) and Irving/Bennett (sick) are all game time decisions for #Cavs vs Bucks

December 20, 2013  01:01 PM ET

If they lose to Milwaukee....that's a bad thing.

December 20, 2013  01:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Waiters (right wrist ) and Irving/Bennett (sick) are all game time decisions for #Cavs vs Bucks

Bennett's not much of a loss and they have Jarrett Jack!!!!

December 20, 2013  02:36 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

If they lose to Milwaukee....that's a bad thing.

When is losing ever a good thing?

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