Dion Waiters

The Thunder Didn’t Want to Give James Harden’s Number to Dion Waiters

Dion Waiters ending up with the Oklahoma City Thunder was tough to see coming. But the Cleveland Cavaliers finally found a way to ship off their oft-troubled reserve guard this week, in a three-team trade involving the New York Knicks.

 

With the Thunder, Waiters has a new chance. His relations with his old squad had clearly cratered more than a year ago, as new teammate Kevin Durant noted:

Dion Waiters and J.R. Smith Are on the Move in Big Three-Team Trade

Buzz about this winter being a particularly active one on the trade market seems prescient today. The Cleveland Cavaliers, Oklahoma City Thunder and New York Knicks have completed a huge swap.

 

The Knicks send J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert to the Cavs in the deal, while the Thunder will get much-maligned guard Dion Waiters. The Knicks end up with a collection of waivable, non-guaranteed contracts, including Lance Thomas, Alex Kirk and Lou Amundson.

 

Cleveland Cavaliers and Washington Wizards are Beefing

Backcourt Stars Engage in a Little Mutual Trolling

On NBA Media Day, everybody gets to be number one. All the ideals of the upcoming season are fresh, unspoiled by the slog of reality. Players spout off about MVP candidacy, their new-and-improved shooting form and how much they love all of their teammates — soon-to-be champions, all of them.


Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal was more than bursting with such optimistic energy in D.C. on Monday. The 21-year-old said he and point guard John Wall — a first-time All-Star last season — are “definitely the best backcourt in the league.”

2012 NBA Draft: Pick-by-pick Recap

The madness of the 2012 NBA Draft, from Dion Waiters' rise to Kentucky's historic six-man draft class.
<p> The madness of the 2012 NBA Draft, from Dion Waiters' rise to Kentucky's historic six-man draft class.</p>

As always, the NBA Draft started at breakneck speed. Commissioner David Stern came out from behind his almighty Oz curtain and was greeted as he has been for years — with aggressive booing from the Prudential Center crowd.

“Thank you for the warm reception,” Stern said, in a tone normally reserved for Jim Rome.

From there, the parade of bad suits, embarrassing family and awkward TV could not be stopped.

2012 NBA Mock Draft: With Tiers, Trade Rumors

After the "Uni-blocker" Anthony Davis at No. 1, the 2012 NBA Draft is wide open.
<p> Athlon Sports' 2012 NBA Mock Draft, complete with trade rumors and a tier breakdown of the various talent drop-offs in the first round of the June 28 draft.</p>

Athlon Sports’ 2012 NBA Mock Draft (updated June 27, 4:45 p.m. ET) breaks down all 30 picks in the first round, highlighting each “tier” of talent and exploring several trade rumors in the opening round of the June 28 draft.

TIER 1
Potential 2012 Olympian, one-man band headed to the Big Easy.

2012 NBA Mock Draft: First Round With Tiers

Anthony Davis towers over the 2012 NBA Draft, as the only Tier 1 franchise player available.
<p> Athlon Sports' 2012 NBA Mock Draft starts with Kentucky's Anthony Davis, the only Tier 1 player available, and includes usual Tier 2 suspects like Kentucky's Michael Kidd-Ghilchrist, North Carolina's Harrison Barnes, Kansas' Thomas Robinson, Florida's Bradley Beal and Connecticut's Andre Drummond.</p>

Athlon Sports’ 2012 NBA Mock Draft (updated June 27, 4:45 p.m. ET) breaks down all 30 picks in the first round, highlighting each “tier” of talent and exploring several trade rumors in the opening round of the June 28 draft.

TIER 1
Potential 2012 Olympian, one-man band headed to the Big Easy.