Derrick Williams will soon sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers for the remainder of the season according to the Vertical’s Shams Charania. Williams is currently on his second 10-day contract with Cleveland and will sign with the team on Saturday when the deal expires.
Williams has found a home in Cleveland and has played significant minutes since signing with the team on Feb. 9. In eight games with Cleveland, he’s averaging 10.5 points and 3.4 rebounds in 24.9 minutes per game. He will make the prorated veterans minimum. He became a free agent after being waived by the Miami Heat.
He figures to continue playing consistent minutes for the Cavs with Kevin Love out with a knee injury. He’s also been a part of the Cavaliers’ successful ‘big’ lineup and the team believes he could help in a possible NBA Finals matchup against the Golden State Warriors.
Williams, second overall pick in the 2011 draft previously played for the Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks and Miami Heat. That draft was the same draft where the same draft where the Cavs took Kyrie Irving No. 1 and Tristan Thompson with the fourth pick. Current Cavaliers Iman Shumpert and DeAndre Liggins were selected in the 2011 by the Knicks and the Orlado Magic, respectively.