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NBA Draft 2012: Cavs Not The Team Who Promised Dion Waiters

There was plenty of mystery surrounding Syracuse guard Dion Waiters in the run up to the 2012 NBA Draft. Waiters and his agent shut down all interviews and workout sessions very early in the process, with reports that he had received a "promise" from a team in the lottery. He had almost no access during the scouting process and with the Cavs selecting him No. 4 overall, the inevitable question came up -- were the Cavs the team who offered the promise?

According to Waiters, Cleveland was not the team. Via the AP:

"I didn't even talk to Cleveland," he said. "I didn't even work out for Cleveland."

The pre-draft process is definitely an interesting cat-and-mouse game full of smokescreens and rumored trades. Despite not interviewing or working out Waiters, Grant told the press that they certainly did their due diligence:

And it looks like Grant was just one of many hoping to land Waiters, but the Cavs jumped up and selected the explosive 'Cuse guard.

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