Curt Jenkins: It took me some time to agree with trading for Dion Waiters, only in the event that the player we trade is Evan Turner. It would be beneficial for both teams and with the right maturity, I think Waiters can be a good fit along side Michael Carter-Williams. He can finish above the rim and has somewhat of a consist three point shot. Not to mention he is Philly born and bred.
Richard Infantino Jr: As an asset, Waiters has value, but this is one of those instances where analytics doesn’t tell the whole story for a player. Sure picking up a former top 4 pick with 2 years left on his rookie deal is attractive, but I don’t like the player behind the asset. His ideal role in the NBA is as a Nate Robinson/Lou Williams type sixth man, and this team already has that role covered by Tony Wroten. The fact that he has clashed with teammates and thinks he would already be the Sixer’s best player makes me wonder if his locker room presence would hurt this team. The only upside is that the rumor is for Evan Turner, who already hurts the team with is attitude and is about to be a free agent.
Drew Corrigan: It all depends on who, honestly. The rumored deal was for Turner, which I’m all for. Turner is out of here at the end of this season and getting a player with upside in Dion Waiters is attractive. He’s from Philadelphia, so it would be interesting to see if that affects his play or not. This is a lost season, so it would be worth it to give him minutes and see what he can do with it. If he wants to come here and be the “man”, so be it. Anyone besides Turner, however I would be against. The Sixers should not give up draft picks or anything of value for Waiters. I’m pretty sure he won’t be coming here, as he denied the rumors adamantly, but I’m down for a Waiters/Turner swap.
Kyle Neubeck: I was on board with trading for Waiters (depending on the deal) until Jared Zwerling’s report from earlier this week that claimed he said that he thought the Cavs would be “his team” this season. The Sixers don’t need player with delusions of grandeur during a rebuild. There’s nothing worse for a rebuilding team than a guy who believes he’s better than he actually is. They already have Evan Turner on the roster, right? I’ve said it before, but I’d rather they eat a bad contract (i.e. Kendrick Perkins) to get a guy like Jeremy Lamb and a pick if and when they move Turner. There’s a fine line between acquiring talent at all costs and disrupting team chemistry, and I don’t think Waiters is talented enough to gamble on.
Emily Gruver: It really depends on who would be involved in the deal, but I would have to say no. Dion Waiters really isn’t that good, and I’d rather build with Evan Turner than Waiters. Turner has proven to have potential, and he has made many statements this season.