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So who promised Dion Waiters? Toronto? Phoenix?

Jun 8, 2012, 12:36 PM EDT

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Let the guessing begin.

Syracuse Guard Dion Waiters has pulled out of all future workouts and interviews with NBA teams — he got a promise from some team (and stops talking to other teams so someone doesn’t take him higher).

Who made the promise?

A couple rumors pointed to the Toronto Raptors at No. 8. We’ll let Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated sum it up.

The surprising move gave the indication that he had a promise in the mid-first round. It’s not known if that’s the case, though a team executive with good reason to find out said the leading suspects are Toronto (No. 8) and Phoenix (No. 13).

However, Doug Smith of the Toronto Star is shooting down the Raptors rumor after talking with Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo.

“His agent has told me there’s a promise to another team. Regardless, if he’s on the board he’s in our mix.”

There is a lot of misdirection and smokescreens out there, so you should be careful trusting what anybody says. Waiters is a guy some GMs love and could go before he even fell to the Raptors at No. 8.

  1. xxbomberxx - Jun 8, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    A team “promised” him huh… I see a long awkward green room experience in this dudes future.

  2. mungman69 - Jun 8, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    Nobody promises nothin’

  3. baron30 - Jun 8, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    even if he has a promise…stopping workouts is a huge negative for a player who already has commitment and dedication concerns. Most highly competative people (ie the better professional atheletes) would take any an all workouts to show everyone how great they are. This shows he is lazy and not motivate in my eyes…whats he going to do if he gets some money…”its cool guys, i have promise for $$$, im not practicing anymore”

  4. baron30 - Jun 8, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    even if he has a promise…stopping workouts is a huge negative for a player who already has commitment and dedication concerns. Most highly competitive people (ie the better professional atheletes) would take any an all workouts to show everyone how great they are. This shows he is lazy and not motivate in my eyes…whats he going to do if he gets some money…”its cool guys, i have promise for $$$, im not practicing anymore”

  5. BrownsTown (the 1st one, not the new guy using my name) - Jun 8, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    What an incredibly myopic decision. I would think promises only matter when that team has the #1 or #2 overall pick. Why limit your upside because some team in the middle of the first round made a revokable decision? What if a higher-rated player slips down the draft? Would the promisor really bypass that value because they made some nonbinding promise to a prospect?

    What a fool. Is Master P his agent?

  6. protectthishouse54 - Jun 8, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    Actually, no. His agent is Rob Pelinka, the same agent who represents Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, Eric Gordon and James Harden among others. He probably knows what he’s doing, and it’s extremely unlikely that a team would want to break a promise to such a powerful agent.

    And having followed Dion pretty closely for the last 2 years, I can assure you that he is the opposite of lazy. The kid works his tail off and was humble enough to come off the bench when he was the best player on the team.

  7. limonadamas - Jun 8, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    whoever it is, i can’t imagine they’ll be that happy with their decision 3-4 years from now. Waiters is a really undersized shooting/scoring guard… those don’t do that well in the NBA unless their name is Allen Iverson or even Ben Gordon.

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