Ranking the Top Potential Destinations for Cleveland Cavaliers' Dion Waiters

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Ranking the Top Potential Destinations for Cleveland Cavaliers' Dion Waiters
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According to ESPN.com's Chris Broussard, the Cleveland Cavaliers are shopping second-year guard Dion Waiters. While it's a little surprising to hear that the fourth overall pick from the 2012 draft is already on the trade block, it was hard not to see the signs.

Waiters has been a questionable fit next to Kyrie Irving since Day 1, as both players need the ball in their hands to truly be effective. It never felt like a natural fit.

Maybe that could be overlooked if Waiters' minutes and scoring per game weren't down this season, or if his PER, true shooting percentage and assist numbers hadn't taken a dive as well. 

In addition to his poor play, there's also been rumblings about an altercation in a players-only meeting that involved Waiters earlier this year. Waiters ended up missing a game and didn't travel with the team due to a sudden illness afterward, which seemed very curious at the time.

To put a cherry on top of it all, Waiters has now lost his starting spot to undrafted rookie Matthew Dellavedova.

But perhaps even more important than all of Waiters' individual failures are the ones the Cavs are experiencing. Cleveland had playoff hopes going into the season, but it's stumbled to a 4-10 start and has dropped six of its last seven.

Add all that up, and it makes sense that Cleveland would shop Waiters, especially when you consider that Jarrett Jack is already occupying the sixth man role for the foreseeable future.

According to Broussard, the Cavs have reportedly spoken with the Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers about Waiters, who is said to be open to the idea of being traded. Waiters, however, has refuted the claim that he's asked for a trade.

Broussard's sources have pegged Iman Shumpert (NYK), Luol Deng (CHI) and Evan Turner (PHI) as Cleveland's targets.

Let's break down the trade scenarios for those teams and a few others who may have interest in acquiring Waiters from the Cavs. 

 

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