Knicks, Bulls and 76ers all supposedly contacted over potential deal.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are reportedly actively shopping second-year shooting guard Dion Waiters according to ESPN sources.
It is understood that the Cavaliers have been in contact with the New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls and Philadelphia 76ers, with the franchise targeting a potential trade deal involving Iman Shumpert, Luol Deng or Evan Turner.
ESPN report that Cleveland have contacted other clubs, but at this stage it is believed that the three aforementioned players are their priorities.
Waiters, 21, was drafted with the No.4 pick in 2012, but has reportedly struggled with relationships with his team-mates and speculation had suggested he requested a trade during a three-hour meeting last week with coach Mike Brown.
However, the guard was keen to dismiss those rumours despite increasing talk that the dysfunction in the locker room will force a change.
“It’s just nonsense,” Waiters said on Wednesday night. “There’s been things thrown out there that haven’t been true at all.”
During a meeting last week it had been reported that Waiters took umbrage with point guard Kyrie Irving, as he believes the coaching staff have double standards when it comes to their franchise player.
In addition, he is reported as questioning Irving and Tristan Thompson for playing ‘buddy ball’ which resulted in Waiters and the latter becoming involved in a verbal confrontation.
Waiters’ numbers, both scoring and shooting percentages, are down from his promising rookie season, and it would perhaps be a good move for all concerned that he secures a trade elsewhere.
With Derrick Rose ruled out for the remainder of the season, the Bulls could look into accelerating Deng’s move and bring in a younger option as they rebuild for the future.