Well, happy trade rumors! The Sixers seem to be involved in every trade rumor in one way or another and this one comes courtesy of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Philly product, Dion Waiters.
Per Bleacher Report, Dion Waiters wants out of Cleveland (no surprise) and would prefer to come to his hometown of Philadelphia.
Why Philly? It’s more than just because it’s his hometown.
According to a source close to Waiters, he’s interested in coming here, because: “He thinks he’d be the best player on the team. That’s his mindset”.
Waiters is looking for somewhere he can go where he can be the “man” and that will never happen in Cleveland with Uncle Drew manning the franchise for the future. Waiters is averaging 14.4 PPG this season on 41 percent shooting and he proven he can be a player that is capable of putting the ball in the basket at will.
A trade almost seems imminent and it makes sense. I’m not sure how bad I want Waiters in Philadelphia, but I can’t deny that it makes sense, especially for Evan Turner.
Waiters will be under his rookie-scale contract until 2015. He is earning $3.8 million this season and $4.1 million next season. Evan Turner is in the last year of his rookie deal and his qualifying offer is $8.7 million, which is a lot more expensive than Waiters. Plus, Turner will no doubt command around $9 per year in the off season, a number the Sixers can’t pay if they look to add legitimate superstar talent in the coming years. Evan Turner is having a breakout season, but he’s just a decent playing putting numbers up on a terrible team. I mean someone has to score for the Sixers, it just isn’t going to be Hollis Thompson, Lorenzo Brown, or Elliot Williams right?
A Waiters for Turner swap makes sense. The Cavs need help on the wing and the Sixers would get a decent player in return, instead of letting Turner walk for nothing in the off season. There’s no scenario I can dream up where Evan Turner is wearing a Sixers uniform next season and I’ve been a Turner supporter since he was drafted.
I would like to see Waiters come back to his hometown and produce. He will come extremely cheap and will have plenty of opportunities on this team to prove his worth. A back court of Waiters and MCW would be fun to watch. However, I’m not sure if there are enough basketballs in the NBA for Dion Waiters and Tony Wroten to play together.
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