Dion Waiters hits out at the Cleveland Cavaliers for holding him back

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The Cleveland Cavaliers managed to shock the NBA earlier in the week as they managed to pull off a trade that saw Dion Waiters leaving the Quicken Loans Arena.

The Cavaliers managed to bring in J.R Smith and Iman Shumpert as part of the deal from the New York Knicks, Waiters ended up with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook at the Oklahoma City Thunder, with the Knicks getting three non-guaranteed contracts in return that they waived to clear more cap space.

But Waiters wasn't just happy to let his past in Cleveland die down with the move, Instead, the shooting guard decided to have a pop at the Cavs in one of his first interviews as a member of the Thunder.

According to a report from News OK, Waiters told a reporter that the Cavaliers had been holding him back from playing at his best.

"Nah, I’ve always been like held back a little bit from really reaching and showing what I can do. I think last year I got a chance to do that when guys went down and I was able to show what I can do in that time," Waiters said.

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Waiters also added that the Thunder didn't want him to wear the number 13 jersey, which was last worn by James Harden who general manager Sam Presti foolishly let leave instead of offering him a max extension.

Harden has gone on to become an MVP contender at the Houston Rockets and it seems that Presti doesn't want a reminder of the biggest screw up of his career every time Waiters takes to the floor.

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