Cavaliers Coach David Blatt and Dion Waiters. (Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

Sounds like Dion Waiters needed a fresh start. The 6-4 guard —  who went from the Cavaliers to the Thunder in Monday’s three-team trade between Cleveland, New York and Oklahoma City — felt underutilized by Cleveland, off to a disappointing 19-16 start to the year after acquiring four-time league MVP LeBron James in July, according to a Tuesday Bleacher Report story.

Furthermore, the article said Waiters had rifts with members of the organization, most notably first-year Coach David Blatt and up-and-coming star Kyrie Irving.

Fox Sports Ohio’s Sam Amico reported Waiters didn’t like the off-guard role Blatt gave to him in the season.

Waiters prefers to have the ball in his hands, but that is primarily the job for Irving, Cleveland’s former No. 1 overall pick. Waiters and Irving reportedly had chemistry issues in their two-and-a-half years together, and the Bleacher Report article stated that is mainly because Waiters thought he was better than Irving, despite other reports from those close to the Cavaliers organization that the two are friends.

If Waiters wants more opportunities to have the ball in his hands with Oklahoma City, he could very well find similar frustrations with the superstar combination of small forward Kevin Durant and point guard Russell Westbrook.

In fact, Westbrook is a much higher volume shooter than Irving. The feisty Thunder guard shoots the ball 20.9 times per contest, second in the NBA only to Kobe Bryant’s 21.1.

In comparison, Irving is 17th in the league in that category at 16.1 attempts a night.

Reggie Jackson, who was initially reported to be going to the Knicks in Monday’s trade before the Thunder said he wasn’t going anywhere, has proved to be a more than capable backup ball handler for Oklahoma City when Westbrook has been out with injury or – as his fiery nature sometimes leads to – foul trouble.

Waiters’s role on the floor might not change all that much with Oklahoma City. He gives them a great scoring option, no doubt, but he won’t be handling the rock any more than he did in Cleveland.

Maybe he’s just looking for a fresh start in a city that boasts one of the NBA’s best fan bases. Or, maybe just a place where he feels wanted, and Durant has already said the Thunder will do that.

If it’s the ability to run an offense he wants, however, he won’t get that as long as Westbrook is suiting up for the Thunder.