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The Miami Heat will waive forward Derrick Williams to sign forward Okaro White to a two-year contract, according to a report from Yahoo Sports.
Williams was selected with the No. 2 overall draft pick by the Timberwolves in 2011, one spot behind Cavaliers’ point guard Kyrie Irving.
Some Cavs fans angrily protested the Irving pick in support of Williams, a combo forward out of Arizona.
But while Irving has been a regular All-Star and made the biggest shot in last year’s NBA Finals, Williams has struggled to find a spot in the league.
Along with the Timberwolves and Heat, Williams has spent time with the Kings and Knicks. He has averaged 9.1 points and 4.1 rebounds for his career.
No 1 pick in 2011 Kyrie Irving: NBA champion. No 2 pick Derrick Williams: Waived to make room for someone named Okaro White.
— Sam Amico (@AmicoHoops) February 6, 2017
Per Yahoo Sports: “White’s progress from the Heat’s NBA Development League affiliate in Sioux Falls to NBA contributor again showed the team’s ability to develop players. Hassan Whiteside and Tyler Johnson followed a similar path in 2014. White is an energetic 6-foot-8 forward who is shooting 46.2 percent from 3-point range. He has averaged 4.1 points, 2.6 rebounds and 16.4 minutes in nine games for the Heat.”
The Heat had won 11 straight after beating the Timberwolves on Monday.