The Cavaliers' interest in Dion Waiters with the fourth overall pick has increased significantly, according to sources.

Waiters hasn't visited the Cavaliers for a workout or a meeting with officials, but he remains in play for the franchise, especially if the team is unable to draft Bradley Beal.

Sources believe the Cavaliers would take Waiters with the fourth pick if Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Bradley Beal are off the board.

Cleveland has intensified its background checks on Waiters.

The Cavaliers would prefer to move up to draft Beal, but have resisted agreeing to a trade with the Bobcats due to their unwillingness to take back Tyrus Thomas.

As one league source connected to the talks said, "The rest of the deal would have to be very strong for [the Cavs] to take on [Thomas]."

The Raptors have been aggressive in moving ahead of the Warriors in pursuit of Waiters, according to sources.