The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed the former number-two overall pick in 2011, Derrick Williams, after the Miami Heat waived him on Thursday.
The Cavaliers are having injury issues, so he can definitely come in and help them out. In January, LeBron James demanded the Cavaliers front office to make a move, and sign or trade for a playmaker for Cleveland’s struggling bench. Cleveland’s starters are playing some of the most minutes in the league. LeBron James is averaging the most minutes since he returned to Cleveland.
The Derrick Williams 10-Day will cost Cleveland- $57k in salary + $144k in luxury tax.
— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) February 9, 2017
Williams did not get to play that much this season with the Heat; he only averaged 15.1 minutes. If he impresses the Cavaliers, you can expect him to maybe squeeze into the rotation and get a longer contract. This has not been the prettiest of seasons for him for his averages. Of course, the lack of minutes he has played has affected his numbers in some way. So far this season, Williams has averaged 5.9 points and nearly three rebounds per game. The Cavaliers will need him to try and bump up his rebounding with the season-ending injury to Chris Anderson.
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) February 10, 2017
Williams is a bust, and there is no doubt about it. He had a lot of pressure on him coming out of college. Everyone wanted and expected him to blossom into a star player. When you’re a former number-two overall pick, you should not be waived by a team. He is only 25 and is playing in his sixth season, so he can still improve and become a solig role-player for Cleveland. Williams can play both the small forward and power forward positions. Although he is undersized, and is not the best rebounder or defender for a power forward. He is athletic but has not used his ability as much as he should. Williams is also a bit slower then most small forwards in the league. It will be interesting to see how head coach of the Cavaliers, Tyronn Lue, will use Williams.
In his second-season in the NBA, Williams was playing for the Timberwolves in 2012/13. That was his best season as of now, for which he averaged 12.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and shot 43 percent from the field. After that season, he started to go downhill and never got close to averaging 10 points again. He will be looking to find a new home in Cleveland, Ohio.