It's always something with Syracuse Orange basketball players in the pros. If they make it at all, they're usually out of the league within a couple seasons. And those that do make it always have some kind of negative angle that follows them wherever they go (See: Anthony, Carmelo; Flynn, Jonny).
Dion Waiters was supposed to be the guy to break all of that. He was going to go to the Cleveland Cavaiers, become a quality compliment to Kyrie Irving and eventually lead them to a win in the Eastern Conference Finals over LeBron James and the Miami Heat, cementing his place as a Cleveland icon and Syracuse legend whose name would grace the basketball facility that replaces the Melo Center when we demolish it in seven or eight years for being outdated.
Alas, the script has been flipped on us yet again.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are actively shopping second-year shooting guard Dion Waiters, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.
Three teams the Cavaliers are known to have spoken with are the New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls and Philadelphia 76ers, the sources said. The Cavs' targets are Iman Shumpert in New York, Evan Turner in Philadelphia and Luol Deng in Chicago, sources said.
Waiters, whom the Cavaliers drafted with the No. 4 pick in 2012, has a contentious relationship with several teammates, including star point guard Kyrie Irving, and sources say he is open to being traded.
Via Chris Broussard, the relationship between Irving and Waiters is basically nonexistent at this point, though it might surprise you to know that Dion the one demanding that another player hustle more.
Anyway, the good news is that we might get to see Dion play alongside a fellow Syracuse star, either in Philly with Michael Carter-Williams or in NY with Carmelo Anthony. That is, until, something terrible happens there, too.