Cavs may be eyeing Williams for return

Free agent forward Derrick Williams averaged 6.2 points and shot 51 percent in 25 games with the Cavs.

Derrick Williams fared well during his limited regular-season minutes with the Cleveland Cavaliers, and for that reason, the Cavaliers may consider bringing him back.

Cleveland.com was the first to report of the Cavs’ interest in Williams, who became an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.

Williams is 6-foot-8 and 240 pounds. The Cavs’ front office and coaching staff are pretty much in agreement that Williams had the best NBA body on the team last season, other than LeBron James.

Williams was the recipient of two 10-day contracts after being released from the Miami Heat a little past the midway point of last year, and offered immediate energy in reserve.

But he has drawn little interest outside of Cleveland, and as Cleveland.com noted, the Cavs could bring him back on a one-year deal for $2.4 million.

According to Amico Hoops sources, the Cavs were hoping all along that Williams would be available this late in the summer, as it was the one way they could fit him into the salary cap.

Of course, the Cavs are being patient on making any more moves until the Kyrie Irving situation is resolved. Irving requested a trade last month and general manager Koby Altman and team owner Dan Gilbert continue to look for partners in a deal. But sources reiterated Monday nothing is close.

Altman is currently assisting with the Basketball Without Borders program in Israel, where he continues to take part in Irving talks.

Williams was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the No. 2 overall draft pick in 2011, one pick after the Cavs took Irving. The two even connected on an Irving-to-Williams alley-oop dunk off the fast break late last season.

Williams averaged 6.2 points and 2.3 rebounds on 51 percent shooting in 25 games with the Cavs. But his playing time plummeted from 17 minutes per game in the regular season to just 4.8 minutes in the playoffs — as Cavs coach Tyronn Lue tightened the rotation and went with the more experienced Richard Jefferson as James’ primary backup at small forward.

Williams, 26, has also spent time with the Sacramento Kings and New York Knicks.

5 Comments on "Cavs may be eyeing Williams for return"

  1. Williams’ playing time decreased well before the playoffs once the roster got healthy. He was one of the bright spots when the CAVS were gong through the motions during mid-season. I love what he brings to the court and hope to see him with the team this coming year.

  2. Tavares would get cut then? Numbers issue– if cut Calderon for example, cost for Derrick is 6-7 million. I would rather have Tavares than Derrick if we have to choose. Question for all Derrick supporters: how do you get around his plus minus numbers? PS.Look up Korvers while there…yikes. Also I think Cedi might have Derricks spot. Which all this ties back to what Mr Amico said….. roster might be different after a Kyrie trade.

  3. Cavs need to keep Tavares. I honestly don’t see any reason to keep guys like Felder, Frye or Jefferson moving forward. Jefferson appears to have nothing left, Frye fell out of Lue’s rotation for whatever reason (poor defense?) and Felder will never make the rotation from a defensive perspective. Just being honest. I also do not see Osman ever cracking the rotation. But Tavares is a guy who deserves a shot at possibly even starting. His rim protection and size alone give us a presence that we desperately need. Thompson is not a true center, he never has been a center, and has been playing out of position for years. The only way i see Derrick Williams returning is if the Cavs choose to go a younger route and part ways with Jefferson.

    • Frye can still will games(regular season and playoffs). Unfortunately Lue felt he was too much of a liability on defense. I felt he should have been on the court whenever McGee was out there for Warriors.

      I was disappointed in Tavares and Felder’s play during the summer league, I hope we can find a more athletic big who can protect the rim (Ezeli? Bogut again?). Maybe Tavares will do better with better talent on court with him.

  4. I sure hope the CAvs can pick Williams up. Those that get caught up in the +/- numbers simply don’t understand that stat. Those that were on the floor when Williams was on the floor was usually the bottom of the 15 man rotation. When he plays with the better players on the roster, surprise, surprise his numbers go up.

    Tavares is tall. However he’s slow and no go. Think Ryan Hollins but a lot worse. And I feel bad for Felder, but he hasn’t improved.

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