INDEPENDENCE: Dion Waiters returned to practice Monday dismissing rumors of an altercation in the locker room and said he would be ready to play Wednesday when the Cavs host the Washington Wizards.
“I'd rather fight somebody else on the other team than one of my teammates,” Waiters said. “That's the way it is. That's the way I was brought up. I feel as though we say we're family, then we're a family and I'm going to look out for you to the best of my abilities. All the other stuff is foolishness.”
The Cavs held a players-only meeting following a 29-point loss at Minnesota on Wednesday. The meeting was intense, players who were in the meeting told the Beacon Journal, but no punches were thrown.
“We got it off our chests. At the end of the day, I think we needed it and we can move forward,” Waiters said. “We’re men. Nobody got into no altercations or anything like that. We got everything off our chests that we needed to. That's that. All the other rumors, man, are rumors. Don't believe it. It's not true. We talked. Everybody talked. Nobody put their hands on nobody. At the end of the day, we’re teammates.”
Monday’s practice was Waiters’ first with the team since last Wednesday’s game. He was sent home prior to practice on Thursday with flu-like symptoms, further fueling speculation regarding his role on the team and incidents from the meeting.
“That's some people's job just to think stuff that happened that didn't. I knew what happened. I knew what took place,” he said. “I just got sick at that time. Of course everybody’s going to think otherwise. But everybody on the team and I knew what really happened, so I'm good.”
As for his future role, apparently that remains to be determined. Coach Mike Brown wouldn’t commit to starting him Wednesday when the Cavs host the Washington Wizards.
“I’m not sure. I’ve put guys in and out of the lineup,” Brown said. “I’m still searching. Every time we step on the floor in a shootaround, practice or game, I feel like we’re getting closer to a group of guys I think can play together for an extended period of time.”