As expected, forward Derrick Williams has signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers for the remainder of the season. The team officially announced the expected move in a press release on Saturday.
OFFICIAL: We've signed @DWXXIII for the remainder of the season.— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) March 4, 2017
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Williams will make $268,000 for the rest of the season. He originally signed with the Cavs on Feb. 9 after being waived by the Miami Heat. Williams did ask the Heat for his release in part because he wanted to play in Cleveland. The No. 2 pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, Williams has also played for the New York Knicks, Minnesota Timberwolves and Sacramento Kings during his six-year NBA career.
With the Cavs, he has found success by being asked to do less and being part of Cavs lineups where plays the three and fours spots. In nine games with Cleveland, Williams is averaging 10.3 points and 3.1 rebounds while shooting 56 percent from the field. Coach Tyronn Lue has trusted him to play immediately and he’s currently averaging 24.2 minutes per game.