After Matthew Dellavedova moved on from the Cavaliers this summer, the backup spot behind Kyrie Irving became an area of focus for many Cavs fans. The team itself was comfortable starting with Mo Williams in that spot, but the guard retired instead. It’s been a hole filled by committee all season. LeBron James himself has operated as the backup point guard, which explains why earlier in the year he was so anxious to bring someone in. Kay Felder, DeAndre Liggins, and Jordan McRae each took cracks at it. Even Derrick Williams brought the ball up the court the other night.
Well, the Cavs may finally be on the verge of finding a quality backup point guard. Deron Williams isn’t what he once was, but he has cleared waivers and appears to be on the verge of coming to Cleveland. He has size, can pass, can spot up. He’s about as good of a pickup as you can find among buyout candidates. The only downside here would be if Williams chafes against nights where he doesn’t get a ton of minutes. If he’s willing to accept a role, this should work.
According to Shams Charania of the Vertical, Williams will sign with the Cavaliers on Monday.
Deron Williams will sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday, league sources tell @TheVertical.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 25, 2017
The Cavs take on the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night, however it’s unclear whether or not Williams will be available to play. If not, the earliest we will see Williams would be Wednesday against the Boston Celtics.