Ah, the saga of the embattled professional athlete and the franchise he plays for but is at odds with.
It's a tale as old as time. And in Dion Waiters' case, it's his story this season while he plays out this saga on the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The fun began when he reportedly accused some teammates of playing "buddy ball," which reportedly led to some arguing and reportedly even some behind-the-scenes fisticuffs. The Cavs were said to be shopping him around in November on his request, but then he denied it. Then word broke Tuesday that Waiters himself requested a trade, either to the Bulls or Sixers.
"The latest update, according to two sources who spoke with Bleacher Report, is that the Chicago Bulls and Philadelphia 76ers have emerged as the top two suitors. And both are realistic destinations based on trade assets and financial complements.
According to a source close to Waiters, he "wants out" of Cleveland and "prefers to go to Philly because he thinks he’d be the best player on the team. That’s his mindset."
Sounds like the #Humble & #Hungry one… (Although if that quote didn't come from a Cavs front office employee, I'll eat my shoe).
Anyway, Dion is denying that he ever made such a request which means only one thing…either the Cavs are trying to run him out of town, he's trying to get the hell out of town, or it's a little from both columns. Whatever the reality is, everyone's playing out in the media as these things tend to and we won't really know who wants what until it actually happens.