Dion Waiters can’t help it – he’s “an alpha dog”, after all. The Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard plans to be a dominant offensive force next season, playing alongside LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love.

Waiters re-tells the story of James giving him a heads-up about re-joining the Cavs before the rest of the world found out this summer, and says he expects his job – as an Ohio version of Dwyane Wade, if you will – to become a whole lot simpler going forward. Per the Philly Inquirer:

“I’m still where I am, right?” Waiters, who averaged 15.3 points a game over his first two seasons in Cleveland, said in an interview last week after working out at the Competitive Edge Sports complex in King of Prussia. “You can’t listen to everything that’s out there. I’d say 10 percent is always true. Ninety percent is not. I’ve been traded for three years now. […] I hate losing, and a guy like [James], who’s probably the best player in the world right now, is someone I can learn from. I can grow. I still haven’t reached my peak. Now with a guy like that, he can open up the floor for you and give you a lot of opportunities.”

 

“When I get the opportunity to get the ball, I’ve got to destroy my opponent,” he said. “The rest of the floor is going to be so wide open that, once I get by him, the rest of it should be easy.”

 

Whenever he’s in Los Angeles, Waiters also trains regularly with Kevin Love, who joined him and James with the Cavaliers as the primary piece of the three-team trade that sent Andrew Wiggins and Young to the Timberwolves. […] “He likes my game,” Waiters said. “He thinks I’m underrated. One of the things about K-Love, he knows I pass the ball.”