They have reportedly have been trying to trade Evan Turner and one name that has been mentioned in return for Turner is Dion Waiters. NBA analyst Jared Zwerling reports Waiters wants out of Cleveland and now Chicago and Philadelphia have emerged as the leaders for his services. According to Zwerling, Waiters wants to play for the Sixers because he thinks he can be the best player on the team. Unfortunately, some scouts believe he is a younger version on Knicks guard J.R. Smith.
Waiters, who was selected fourth overall out of Syracuse, is a Philadelphia native who graduated from Life Center Academy in Burlington, New Jersey. In 21 games this season (nine starts) with the Cavaliers, the 22-year-old is averaging 14.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game while shooting 41.9% from the field. His numbers are down slightly, except for rebounds, from his rookie season when he averaged 14.7 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game.
Waiters stock was falling as of a few weeks ago but he has seemed to have turned it around a bit while Turner's stock looks to have plateaued due to poor team play and his habit of whining about seemingly ever call. Waiters is younger and cheaper than Turner which would be appealing to the rebuilding 76ers.
But one question is: would Waiters be good for the development of Michael Carter-Williams? I'm a bit concerned about that the more I hear about Waiters' somewhat-rocky relationship with Kyrie Irving.
If I'm the Sixers, I'm extremely hesitant to make this move.
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