Cavs Take Waiters, Zeller in 2012 NBA Draft
The Cleveland Cavaliers got a guard to team up with Kyrie Irving, but it’s not the one guard that many people thought it would be: they selected Dion Waiters, from Syracuse, with the fourth pick overall in Thursday night’s NBA Draft.
Many fans and experts surmised the team would make a deal with the Charlotte Bobcats to move up to the No. 2 overall pick and take Bradley Beal, of Florida. But instead, the Cavs selected Waiters, who is a strong guard, but struggled in some big games last season for the Orangemen.
Waiters did not workout for any team in the NBA Draft, but according to sources, was told by one team that they would draft him. Presumably, that team was the Cavaliers. But Thursday night, Waiters denied that Cleveland was the team that promised to draft him.
Waiters will team up with Irving: two young guards who are not afraid to go to the basket.
The Cavs later traded picks 23, 33 and 34 for University of North Carolina center Tyler Zeller from the Dallas Mavericks. The deal is expected to be official on Friday, when the Cavs’ draft picks arrive in town.
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