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Waiters, Zeller both could start for Cavs

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Many around the league thought the Cleveland Cavaliers reached a bit to select Syracuse guard Dion Waiters with the fourth overall pick.

The Cavs could care less.

"We don't care where the guys get picked as long as they are the right pick for us," Cavs general manager Chris Grant said. "If we feel good about him, we'll take the player."

They got creative midway through the first round. They sent three picks -- Nos. 24, 33 and 34 -- to the Dallas Mavericks for the rights to North Carolina center Tyler Zeller. They also received shooting guard Kelenna Azubuike from the Mavs.

Zeller, a 7-foot, 247-pounder, was picked at No. 17 by Dallas. He has a 7-foot wingspan and is expected to compete for the starting center position with Anderson Varejao, assuming the latter isn't traded.

The 6-foot-4, 221-pound Waiters never started a game for the Orangemen. Yet he'll likely move into the starting rotation next to Kyrie Irving in the Cavs' backcourt.

"He's like a brother," Waiters said. "I've known (Irving) a long time. I can't wait to play with him."

He said he'll be able to complement Irving's game with his passing and ability to play the point.

Waiters said he has a scoring mentality and plays with confidence.

"I like to get the crowd involved," he said. "I like to feed off the energy."

Even though many in the league were surprised at how high he went in the draft, Waiters wasn't one of them.

"It feels good to go that high," he said. "I'm not surprised I went 4. I'm blessed to have gone 4. All the hard work, dedication and sacrifice (paid off)."
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