CLEVELAND: When Dion Waiters awoke from his nap Tuesday, he had so many texts and voicemails awaiting him he thought he’d been traded. Instead, it was just more rumors he wanted out of Cleveland.
Waiters refuted a Bleacher Report story that he’s asked the Cavs to trade him, the second such national report in less than a month. Both sides insist, however, it isn’t true.
“At the end of the day, I know what I said and didn’t say, and that’s one of those things I absolutely never said,” Waiters said. “They can keep talking. I never said it.”
Waiters has played better in recent weeks, scoring 30 points in a loss to the Hawks two weeks ago and following it up by averaging 18.5 points during the Cavs’ two-game Florida trip last weekend.
He has never spoken glowingly about his role as a bench player, but he maintains he’s happy in Cleveland.
This is the second time Waiters had to address the issue. An ESPN report on Nov. 27 had similar claims.
“I’m asleep and my phone is blowing up,” he said. “The way my phone was going crazy, I thought I got traded already. It is what it is. They come up with these stories that aren’t true. Let them keep writing.”