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.