The 34-year-old guard is officially retired, but because he has a $2.2MM guaranteed deal, Cleveland kept him on its roster, presumably with the idea of trading his salary if the opportunity arose. He underwent surgery on his left leg in October to remove bone spurs from the joint of the tibia and fibula and hasn’t tried to pursue a comeback.
Vivlamore states that the Hawks haven’t decided whether to try to trade Williams or to open a roster spot by waiving him and paying the balance of his contract.
“All those things we are working through as we speak,” said Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer. “No decisions have been made, in any direction, as far as timing on that.”
Williams played 41 games for the Cavaliers last season, averaging 8.2 points and 2.4 assists per night. He appeared in 13 playoff games during Cleveland’s run to the title, but averaged just 5.2 minutes per contest.