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Oklahoma City Thunder star Dion Waiters has revealed that he hasn’t heard from former teammate LeBron James since leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers earlier this month.
Less than two weeks after being traded by the Cavs, Waiters returns to Cleveland on Sunday to face his former team as he also insisted that he doesn’t consider himself a scapegoat for the Cavs’ early-season struggles.
Waiters was moved on as part of the three-team trade deal which saw Cleveland acquire Iman Shumpert and JR Smith, and it was widely acknowledged that the 23-year-old wasn’t a good fit in terms of style alongside the likes of LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.
While the Cavaliers have since improved and moved to 24-20 for the season, Waiters isn’t accepting blame for their early slump and he insists that he has already grown as a player in the short time he has spent in Oklahoma City.
The No.4 overall pick in the 2012 Draft is averaging 11.4 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists along with 1.8 steals on 39.8 percent shooting from the floor in eight games with the Thunder, and he insists he feels more comfortable in his new surroundings.
However, while Waiters revealed that he had exchanged texts with both Irving and Tristan Thompson since leaving, he has had no communication with James which adds fuel to the fire regarding rumours that the pair did not see eye to eye.
“Man, he had his chance to reach out. I’m not losing any sleep,” he told NEOMG.
Thunder coach Scott Brooks praised Waiters who has emerged as his new bench scoring option, and the pair will hope to continue their development with a win in Cleveland on Sunday.