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It probably won’t mean a whole lot come February, but the Cavaliers have waived JaCorey Williams less than one week after signing him, and officially signed Kobi Simmons, per the NBA’s official transactions log.
The Cavs presumably signed Williams to secure his G-League rights and send him to the Canton Charge. They did the same last season, waiving Williams one day after giving him a contract. They executed the same plan with guards Isaac Hamilton and Scoochie Smith just last week. Both are also headed for Canton.
Anyway, Williams is 6-foot-8 and appeared in 49 games with the Charge last season. He compiled solid G-League averages of 15.7 points and 4.9 rebounds before leaving for Israeli club Hapoel Galil in March. The Cavs clearly want to give him a longer look for a reason.
As for Simmons, this signing was reported last week. It appears he will actually be with the team when training camp tips off Tuesday in Independence, Ohio. He has an outside shot to make the team.
As Amico Hoops reported last week, Simmons’ agent is Aaron Turner, who hails from Cleveland. Turner has been described as someone with strong ties to grassroots basketball in Ohio. He also represents Shaker Heights product and Boston Celtics point guard Terry Rozier.
Simmons is a former McDonald’s All-American, just like another Cavs’ newcomer, forward Billy Preston (two-way contract). Simmons is 6-foot-5 and played both point and shooting guard on a two-way deal with the Memphis Grizzlies last season, his first as a pro. He was the first player in Grizzlies’ history to sign a two-way contract.
He averaged 6.5 points in 32 games with Memphis after going undrafted following just one year at Arizona.