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Heat To Sign Derrick Williams

The Heat have agreed to a contract with free agent forward Derrick Williams, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports (via Twitter). The arrangement is for one year and will pay Williams $5MM, the scribe adds. Ian Begley of first reported Miami’s interest in Williams.

The Knicks had expressed their desire to bring Williams back to New York for next season, but the team lacked the cap flexibility to re-sign him, though, the forward “only” landing a salary of $5MM in the current free agent market is a bit surprising. Williams isn’t necessarily a starting caliber player, but he can certainly be a valuable contributor off the bench. The 25-year-old opted out of his contract with the Knicks in June and was slated to earn $4.598MM for 2016/17, so he secured himself a small raise for his troubles.

Williams appeared in 80 games for the Knicks this past season, including nine tip-offs as a starter. He averaged 9.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 0.9 assists in 17.9 minutes per outing. Williams’ slash line on the year was .450/.293/.758.

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8 thoughts on “Heat To Sign Derrick Williams

  1. Z.....

    Michael Beasley 2.0? I’d rather have Beasley lol (I know he’s with Houston right now)

  2. bsteady powers

    Free agent

  3. GabeOfThrones

    Based on the money players have been getting this summer, this is a heist.

    • Jimmy stoge

      Being a knick fan im kinda sad to see him go. At 5 mill thats a steal

  4. Needed him. Bosh’s career could be over. Heat should rebuild, Whiteside and Dragic is not enough in the East.

    • Nick C

      LOL you say “in the East” like that’s supposed to be intimidating, stiff competition.

  5. Randall

    9 ppg in 17 mpg. Thats damn good. Of course I was the sucker that wouldve taken him #1 over Kyrie. Anyway I still think his upside is high. Good bargain for the Heat

    • Z.....

      You weren’t the only sucker lol…that being said, I liked the combo of him and Brandon knight more than kyrie and Tristan thompson, more than I liked Williams over kyrie…regardless, we both look dumb lol. Maybe if he had better opportunity for development in those first 2 Years, things would have been different, but I’d have to assume no on that

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