The Cavs are struggling enough without Kyrie Irving, who's out with a broken index finger, but Waiters' loss robs them of the talented young backcourt on which Cleveland looked to build into the strength of its team.
"Talking to Dion, he wants to play (Saturday), but I just don't see it, watching him walk," Cavs head coach Byron Scott told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. "The other thing is, I've always believed that when a player comes back, he has to have a full day of practice, too. His first chance of doing that would be Monday. So we'll see how it goes."
Waiters, a rookie from Syracuse, is averaging 15.2 points a game so far, second-most on the team behind Irvin's 22.9. Irving hasn't played since Nov. 18, and the Cavs are 2-8 in that stretch.
Cleveland hosts Detroit at 7:30 p.m. ET Saturday.