Coach Mike Woodson vehemently denied the charge that he doesn't like Shumpert because he's on the trading block, and the two met during Tuesday's practice after Shumpert struggled Monday.
"It was a good conversation," Woodson said. "This thing buzzing around out there I don’t like Iman. I got a great deal of respect for Iman. That’s why he plays the minutes he’s played and has been in the starting lineup since I’ve been here."
Shumpert has scored a total of 12 points over his last four games, playing at least 23 minutes in each.
Amidst rumors that he was being shopped on the trading market by his team,
Waiters came off the bench to hit four of his eight three-point attempt and six of his 11 free throws while also adding six rebounds and three assists in 33 minutes. It was just his third game this season with a 50 percent shooting mark or better.
However, sources within the Cavaliers organization insist that they're not actively shopping Waiters despite getting phone calls about him, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Waiters is averaging 13.0 points on 39 percent shooting in his second pro season.
Waiters added three assists, three rebounds and one steal over 30 minutes of action while hitting seven of his eight free throws. He has averaged 13.1 points and 28.4 minutes over 10 games played.
"It just so happened I got sick at that time," he said. "Of course, everybody’s going to think otherwise."
Waiters did confirm that a team meeting occurred, but denied any rumors that it turned particularly contentious. As to whether he can expect to return to the starting lineup after being replaced by C.J. Miles in his absence, Waiters was non-committal.
"I can’t control those things," he said. "I can only go out there and do my job."
Coach Mike Brown would not confirm a starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Wizards.
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