Saturday, February 13, 2016

Sixers reportedly interested in acquiring Dion Waiters

Once again, the Sixers and Philadelphia native Dion Waiters are linked together.

Sixers reportedly interested in acquiring Dion Waiters

Dion Waiters of the Cavaliers. (Matt Slocum/AP)
Dion Waiters of the Cavaliers. (Matt Slocum/AP)

Once again, the Sixers and Philadelphia native Dion Waiters are linked together.

According to a report from Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio, the Sixers are interested in acquiring the shooting guard from Cleveland.

The Cavaliers are actively trying to land Kevin Love to pair with recently returned LeBron James, and a third team might be needed in order to make the deal happen. According to the report, there are "league-wide whispers" that the Sixers could be that team, and that they have strong interest in Waiters.

From Amico:

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There are league-wide whispers of a third team perhaps getting involved in a potential Cavs-Wolves deal, whispers of the 76ers possessing a strong interest in Cavs guard Dion Waiters, and whispers of another major transaction on the way.”

This is not the first time that Waiters has been reported as a potential target for the Sixers. Back in December there was some buzz about a trade that would ship Waiters to Philadelphia in exchange for Evan Turner last season. That trade obviously never came to fruition, and the Sixers reported interest in Waiters died down.

With the Cavaliers desperate to make a move to land Love, and the Sixers possessing tons of cap space and looking to add assets, the rumors have returned.

Waiters is not necessarily the most efficient or patient player, and doesn’t seem like he would be a smooth fit in the Sixers’ system. But he could develop into an offensive option. At only 22 years old, he still has time to grow and learn the league.

As has been the case consistently over the past couple seasons, Thaddeus Young’s name has come up as a potential piece in the trade talks.

Waiters has a team option for a little over $4 million after the coming season, so if the Sixers do wind up with Waiters, they won’t be saddled with him long-term if they are unhappy with his play or his attitude.

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