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The Cavaliers have signed forward JaCorey Williams, according to a report from RealGM.
In today’s ultra-secretive world of the NBA, it’s hard to know why or for how long the Cavs signed Williams, who is 6-foot-8 and spent most of last season with the Canton Charge of the G-League.
All we really know is the Cavs seem determined to keep signing guys who played for the Charge last season. The how or the why is left for everyone else to guess.
Anyway, Williams went undrafted out of Middle Tennessee State in 2017 then appeared in 49 games with the Charge. He averaged 15.7 points and 4.9 rebounds in the G-League, before bolting to Israeli club Hapoel Gilboa Galil in March.
His college career actually began at Arkansas, but he was dismissed from the program for “multiple incidents.” He then landed at Middle Tennessee.
Nothing against Williams, but common basketball sense tells you he has no shot to make the team. So why the Cavs signed him, we may never know. The best guess is they want to fill out the G-League roster with players who they believe have at least an outside shot to someday play in Cleveland.
Williams is the latest under-the-radar name linked to the Cavs, along with Isaac Hamilton, Bonzi Colson and Scoochie Smith.
Hamilton’s agent told Amico Hoops the Cavs were waiving Hamilton and sending him to Canton, where he played last season. The same appears to be true of Smith.
So that’s at least two players signed who won’t even be in training camp.
There was also a report Friday that free-agent guard Kobi Simmons had agreed to a one-year contract with the Cavs. Simmons would give the Cavs the maximum allowable number of 20 players in camp. Or at least we think.
Either way, camp begins Sept. 25 at the team’s practice facility in Independence, Ohio, and the Cavs will have 14 players under guaranteed contract.