The Cleveland Cavaliers now possess three of the top four picks in the 2011 draft after signing Derrick Williams to a 10 day contract. While it might not be the D-Will Cavs fans have been pining for Williams presents the Cavs with a young, warm body that is looking to turn his career around. The signing was first reported by Shams Charania of The Vertical.
Williams is a 6-8 power forward that can play some small forward, however you lose most of his defensive impact if he’s asked to play on the wing. Williams has limited range from deep, but has been a decent threat in the pick and roll during his time with the Sacramento Kings and New York Knicks.
Given the luxury tax penalty that will be incurred by this signing, it’s clear that David Griffin has some hope that Williams will be able to fit-in with the Cavs and make an impact. Especially when you consider the still glaring need at the backup point guard position.
The Cavs are rumored to still be trying to unload Chris Anderson to create an extra roster spot. If the team chooses to stick with Williams, moving Anderson will be essential in addressing the hole still remaining in this roster.