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3 Dion Waiters SG
Height/Weight: 6-4/225 | Birthdate: 12/10/1991 | Birthplace: Philadelphia, PA | Team: Oklahoma City Thunder | College: Syracuse | NBA Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 41/19 | Average Draft Position: 133.50
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Thunder guard Dion Waiters dealing with sore knee


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2015) Despite dealing with a sore knee, Thunder coach Scott Brooks said guard Dion Waiters is feeling better and he is expected to be available to play in Friday's game against the Kings, reports The Oklahoman.

In addition to suffering from a sore knee, Waiters has also been experiencing soreness in his foot, but he has not missed any recent games.


Thunder guard Dion Waiters (foot) will play Wednesday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) Despite being bothered by a foot issue, Thunder guard Dion Waiters has been cleared to play in Wednesday's game against the Mavericks, reports The Oklahoman.

Waiters has been dealing with the foot issue for a few games, but it has not caused him to miss any recent games.

The Thunder are 2 1/2-point favorites.


Thunder's Dion Waiters misses practice Tuesday due to foot issue


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) A foot injury caused Thunder guard Dion Waiters to sit out Tuesday's practice, reports The Oklahoman.

Waiters has recently been bothered by a foot injury, but coach Scott Brooks said Waiters is feeling better.


Thunder guard Dion Waiters to have foot examined


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) With his foot bothering him over the last few games, Thunder guard Dion Waiters said he will soon have the issue checked out, reports ESPN.com.

Despite dealing with the foot issue, Waiters played 38 minutes during Sunday's win over the Suns and scored 18 points.


Thunder's Dion Waiters ties season-high in win over Hawks


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2015) Thunder guard Dion Waiters tied a season-best with 26 points in Friday night's 123-115 win over the Hawks. 

Waiters made 11 of his 18 shots and made both of his free-throw attempts. He also had three rebounds and two assists. It was the first time since March 4 that Waiters scored over 20 points. 


Kevin Durant ruled out Wednesday vs. Pelicans


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(2/4/2015) Thunder forward Kevin Durant will miss his third straight game Wednesday due to a toe injury, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Durant did not travel with his team to New Orleans.

The Thunder has described the injury as a sprain, not turf toe. Dion Waiters is expected to replace Durant in the starting lineup.

The Pelicans are 3.5-point favorites.


Report: Thunder guard Dion Waiters misses Thursday's practice


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/29/2015) Thunder guard Dion Waiters was not able to participate in Thursday's practice due to a sore ankle, reports The Oklahoman.

The injury is not believed to be serious and Waiters is expected to play in Saturday's game at Memphis. In 44 games, Waiters is averaging 10.6 points and 1.8 rebounds.


Thunder plan to keep Dion Waiters in reserve role for now


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/13/2015) Thunder coach Scott Brooks said Monday guard Dion Waiters will continue to come off the bench for Oklahoma City, according to The Oklahoman

"Right now he’s coming off the bench," Brooks said of Waiters. "We have things to work on and things to get better. I’m not focused on who’s starting. I’m focused on guys in there playing well because the minutes can be spread out. We just want guys to compete for those minutes. And being around him for the week, he’s going to compete for those minutes. It’s not something I’m looking into at the moment. But I like what he brings to our team. Sam (Presti) brought him in to add to our team, and I think he’s going to be able to do that."

Waiters is averaging 9.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.0 assists in two games since being acquired in a trade from Cleveland.


Dion Waiters to make debut for Thunder on Wednesday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/7/2015) Thunder coach Scott Brooks told reporters guard Dion Waiters will play and come off the bench during Wednesday’s game at Sacramento, reports The Oklahoman.

Waiters was acquired in a trade with the Cavaliers. In 33 games with the Cavaliers, Waiters averaged 10.5 points and 2.2 assists.

The Thunder are 7 1/2-point favorites.


Thunder's Dion Waiters still not cleared for Wednesday against Kings


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/6/2015) Newly acquired shooting guard Dion Waiters has not been cleared to play for the Thunder in Wednesday's game against the Kings just yet.

Waiters went through a physical today and must pass before being cleared for play. He did not have any known injuries at the time of the trade. Waiters averaged 10.5 points and 2.2 assists in 33 games with the Cavaliers. 


Can Dion Waiters be the next James Harden?


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1/6/2015) In the wake of their surprising decision to add Dion Waiters to the fold, the Thunder appear to be viewing Waiters like another dynamic two guard selected with a top-five pick in the team's recent history. As Kevin Durant said Monday, via Yahoo.com:

"I am not saying he's [James Harden's] replacement because we're far past that. But he can play, he can come off the bench for us and score and make plays. He is a really good player. A lot of people take him for granted, I think."

Evoking Harden's name is going to raise eyebrows, even if Durant made sure to avoid actually comparing the two. The Thunder have really missed Harden's playmaking and scoring off the bench, and Waiters will be just the latest in a long line of players who will attempt to replace that. However, Fantasy owners really shouldn't be expecting too much from Waiters -- beyond their positions and their lofty draft status, there just aren't many similarities.

Finding room to succeed next to Durant and Russell Westbrook is always going to be difficult, who would both rank in the top-five in usage rate if they qualified this season. What made Harden an especially good fit was his ability to score heaps of points without needing a lot of possessions; he averaged 17.1 points per-36 minutes his first three seasons, despite posting a 20.4 usage rate and only 11.6 field-goal attempts.

Waiters has a 26.1 percent usage rate in 164 career games, and was all the way up to 24.1 this season, even on a star-laden Cavs team. We could assume playing around Westbrook and Durant might help him, by taking pressure off, but he was already posting a career-low 46.8 percent true shooting percentage this season, next to Kyrie Irving, LeBron James and Kevin Love. If he couldn't make that work, why would a move to OKC change that?

The Thunder will bring Waiters off the bench, but Yahoo.com reports he is expected to get the bulk of the minutes at shooting guard, while also seeing time as a point guard in second units. Fantasy owners can certainly add Waiters as a flier, but there's little in his history that suggests he can be a Harden-esque sixth man who makes a big impact on the box score. 


Cavs acquire J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert in three-team deal


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/5/2015) The Cavaliers have officially sent shooting guard Dion Waiters to the Oklahoma City Thunder, the teams announced Monday.

In exchange for Waiters, the Thunder sent a protected first-round pick in the 2015 draft and Lance Thomas, who is averaging 5.1 points and 3.4 rebounds per game, to the New York Knicks. The Cavs received guards Iman Shumpert, who is averaging 9.3 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game, and J.R. Smith, who is averaging 10.9 points and 3.4 assists, in return while the Knicks acquired Lou Amundson and Alex Kirk.

Waiters is averaging 10.5 points and 2.2 assists in 33 games for Cleveland.


Report: Dion Waiters pulled from game Monday, could be on the move


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/5/2015) Cavaliers shooting guard Dion Waiters was pulled from Monday's game against the 76ers and is reportedly set to be traded, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Waiters was set to play in front of his hometown Monday and possibly start, but was removed from the bench just before tipoff. Alex Kirk, Lou Amundson and Waiters were all seen heading to the locker room at tip off.

Waiters, who is averaging 10.5 points and 2.2 assists per game, is rumored to be a part of a three-team trade involving the Thunder and Knicks. The trade will reportedly involve J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert going to Cleveland, according to Wojnarowski.


Cavaliers to start Dion Waiters with Kyrie Irving out


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(1/5/2015) With Kyrie Irving out Monday due to lower back pain, the Cavaliers will insert shooting guard Dion Waiters into the starting lineup at Philadelphia, reports The News-Herald. Waiters is averaging 10.5 points but shooting 40.4 percent from the field.

He has started three games this season.


Cavaliers G Dion Waiters scores 21 points vs. Hawks


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/17/2014) Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters shared the team scoring lead with 21 points on 9 of 18 shooting in his team's 127-98 loss to the Hawks Wednesday.

Waiters had shot under 40 percent in each of his last three games while scoring a total of 23 points before picking things up Wednesday. He played 27 minutes off the bench while tallying four assists and three rebounds. Waiters will square off with the Nets Friday.


Cavaliers' Miller out, Dellavedova questionable, Waiters probable


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/14/2014) Cavaliers small forward Mike Miller (concussion) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Hornets, while guard Matthew Dellavedova (illness) is questionable, Northeast Ohio Media Group reports.

Miller is expected to return to action Wednesday. Dellavedova has been dealing with an extreme case of vomiting.

Guard Dion Waiters (abdomen) is set to play Monday, The News-Herald repots. He left Friday's game with abdominal pain but will not be forced to miss any games.


Cavaliers G Dion Waiters (abdominal pain) will rejoin team Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/13/2014) Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters stayed overnight in a New Orleans hospital after experiencing abdominal pain. The discomfort forced Waiters out of Friday's loss to the Pelicans. All testing came back normal and he will travel back to Cleveland to rejoin the team on Saturday, per the team's official website.

His status remains uncertain for Monday's clash against Charlotte


Cavaliers' Dion Waiters leaves with abdominal pain


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/12/2014) Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters left Friday's game with abdominal pain.

Waiters went to a local medical center for further evaluation, and did not return to the contest. He played 10 minutes, scoring two points, before leaving the contest. 


Dion Waiters comes off the bench to score 26


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(12/8/2014) Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters came off the bench to score 26 points in Monday's 110-88 win at Brooklyn. Waiters hit 11 of 21 shots and had four assists, two steals, a rebound and a block.

Waiters plays Toronto on Tuesday.


Report: Cavs could deal Dion Waiters for Grizzlies' Kosta Koufos


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2014) The Cavaliers are looking to add another big man to their rotation and Grizzlies backup center Kosta Koufos has popped up in trade rumors, according to ESPN senior NBA writer Marc Stein. 

The piece most likely to be dealt to land Koufos or another quality big man is shooting guard Dion Waiters, according to Stein. Koufos, playing just 13.8 minutes per game, is averaging 4.1 points and 3.9 rebounds for the Grizzlies. 

Waiters is averaging 8.1 points and 1.9 assists per game. 


Cavs G Dion Waiters says he's 'going to find it'


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(12/4/2014) Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters is shooting 30.2 percent from the field over his last seven games while averaging 6 points, notes ESPN.com. Waiters is averaging 23.1 minutes this season after playing 29.6 last season.

"I'm going to find it," he told the website. "I've been through this my first two years. Not like this, but you know, I haven't been through this."

Waiters went scoreless Tuesday for just the third time in his three-year career.


Cavaliers G Dion Waiters indicates he will play Friday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11/14/2014) After missing Monday’s game, Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters said he will play Friday, reports the Plain Dealer.

Waiters was held of Monday’s game and Wednesday’s practice because of a lower back contusion, but he was able to practice Thursday.


Cavaliers G Dion Waiters returns to practice, listed as probable Friday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11/13/2014) After missing Wednesday’s practice because of a lower back contusion, Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters returned to the practice court Thursday, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

By returning to practice Thursday, the Cavaliers listed Waiters as probable for Friday’s game at Boston.


Cavaliers G Dion Waiters misses practice Wednesday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11/12/2014) The Cavaliers announced guard Dion Waiters was held out of practice Wednesday, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Waiters has been dealing with a lower back contusion, and the Cavaliers indicated Waiters’ status for Thursday’s practice has yet to be determined. The Cavaliers next play Friday at Boston.


Cavaliers G Dion Waiters gets red-lighted Monday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/10/2014) The Cavaliers announced guard Dion Waiters will not play Monday night against New Orleans because of a lower back contusion, according to the News-Herald. Waiters suffered the injury Friday against the Nuggets. He is averaging 9.4 points and 1.2 rebounds in five games.

His next chance to play will come Friday at Boston.