Waiters looking forward to being part of new-look Cavs roster…
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters has insisted that new team-mate Kevin Love thinks he’s “underrated” and knows that he will pass the ball next season.
The Cavs have been busy strengthening their roster this summer with the additions of Love, LeBron James and Mike Miller being the most notable.
Coupled with point guard Kyrie Irving signing a long-term contract, the franchise are now considered the favourites for the NBA championship next season, but there are still question marks over certain individuals and how they will fare defensively.
Waiters was ranked No.193 in the NBA last season for passes per game, but with such a star-studded roster now around him, he will not be afforded the luxury of having the ball in his hands as often.
Nevertheless, Waiters is confident that Love in particular has confidence in his game and is looking forward to playing alongside him next season.
“He likes my game,” Waiters said, The Inquirer reports.
“He thinks I’m underrated. One of the things about K-Love, he knows I pass the ball.”
Whether or not Love really feels that way is unclear, but Waiters is also keen to stress that when he has the ball in his hands next season, he has to “destroy my opponent”.
The 23-year-old believes that with so much attention being focused on the likes of Love, James and Irving, it will provide him with numerous one-on-one situations where he can use his strength and ability to get past his man and have a clear run at the basket thereafter.
While the Cleveland offense promises to deliver next year with so many talented players, there are still question marks over their defensive ability which will be equally as important in their bid to win a championship immediately.