Dion Waiters to Kyrie Irving: 'There's an alpha male (here) already'

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Kyrie Irving listed the Heat as one of the teams he would be willing to accept a trade to. Current Heat guard Dion Waiters is OK with that, he just wants Irving to know the Heat is his team.

He said as much in an interview with HipHopSince1987 Thursday.

"It would help. I'm not against that," Waiters said of Irving's potential addition. "Just know there's an alpha male over there too in myself."

Waiters just signed a four-year, $52 million contract this offseason after averaging a career-high 15.8 points and 4.3 assists per game in 2016-17. He played with Irving already from 2012-15 as a member of the Cavaliers, but he was quick to say he is a much better player now and essentially said he will be the man the team defers to in big moments.

"I think that's my biggest thing with everybody, 'Oh he got irrational confidence …' Man, I tell everybody, if I can make it from here, I can make it from anywhere," he said. "My mom got shot, my dad got shot. C'mon bro, there ain't nothing that I haven't seen. Why not? I need that confidence to get through. Every day I need that confidence to get by. It ain't got nothin' to do with ball. It's who I am. It was instilled in me."

Irving averaged a career-high 25.2 points per game last season and will be the highest-paid member of the Heat if he gets traded there.

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Waiters doesn't care. He's happy to play with Irving, but he made sure to reiterate, he's the man.

"There's an alpha male over there already," he said. "If you come there, we can boogie together."

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