The Miami Heat have recently found some light — in what’s been a dark season. They are currently on an 8-game winning streak led by SG Dion Waiters. The deadline is fast-approaching, and while they may not have many chips to deal, they can still shake up the roster. Derrick Williams may be one of the shake-ups.
With the uprising of Okaro White, Williams has fallen out of the rotation and has become expendable. Should Pat Riley find a suitor, he will not hesitate to pull the trigger. It appears unlikely that a team would trade for Derrick Williams, especially at this point in his career.
Derrick was the number-two overall pick in the 2011 Draft, but hasn’t been able to find any consistency in his game, as well as a home. Williams can still contribute to a team, and the Washington Wizards are considered to be interested. That’s if he’s waived.
The Wizards are arguably the hottest team in the Eastern Conference right now, and have soared up around the nation in power rankings. They’ve without a doubt improved tremendously, but the team shouldn’t be 100 percent happy with how the roster looks. Washington also reportedly had interest in Larry Sanders, but would not pursue him unless injuries keep Ian Mahinmi out longer than expected.
Williams is a guy who can still contribute, especially as a ‘stretch four’. He has a decent jump shot, but is averaging career-lows in field goal and three-point percentage. He would mainly be an impact on the offensive end of the floor, but the Wizards shouldn’t be looking for offensive weapons at this point, given how well the team has been scoring. If the Wizards are going to make any moves, they need to be for defensive purposes.
The time has come where teams are looking at how they want their rosters to look — for the rest of the season. The Miami Heat have a serious chance at competing for the playoffs, and moving Derrick Williams would open up a roster spot.