Free agent NBA forward Derrick Williams has found a new home, agreeing to a 10-day contract with the Lakers, Yahoo Sports reported.
Williams was drafted by the Timberwolves with the No. 2 overall pick in 2011, one spot behind current Celtics star Kyrie Irving. But their careers have taken very different paths, with Williams bouncing around (and for a short while, out of) the league.
He spent 25 games apiece with the Heat and Cavaliers last season, then entered free agency over the summer. He looked good at the end of the regular season with the Cavs, but fell out of the rotation in the playoffs. Until now, he remained unsigned — though he did spend a portion of the season in China.
As for the Lakers, Williams is expected to add depth in the frontcourt after the injury to small forward Brandon Ingram, expected to miss about a week with a strained groin, Yahoo noted.
Williams, 26, is 6-foot-8 and averaged 20 points and 6.6 rebounds playing for Tianjin in China this season. He has also spent time with the Kings and Knicks.