Cavs Sign Derrick Williams To 10-Day Contract

1:04pm: The Cavaliers have officially signed Williams to a 10-day contract, the team announced in a press release.

7:47am: Recently released Heat forward Derrick Williams is signing a 10-day contract with the Cavaliers, reports Shams Charania of The Vertical. Williams became an unrestricted free agent on Wednesday when he went unclaimed on waivers.

Williams, who turned down a 2016/17 player option with the Knicks, subsequently signed a one-year deal with Miami last summer worth $4.598MM. However, he only appeared in 25 games (11 starts) this season before falling out of the Heat’s rotation. He averaged 5.9 PPG and 2.9 RPG in those contests, with a career-low .394 FG%, and was waived earlier this week in order to open up a roster spot for Okaro White.

While the Heat will continue to carry $4.5MM+ in dead money on their books for Williams, the Cavs will sign him to a 10-day deal that counts for $57,672 against their cap. Cleveland is currently in a luxury-tax tier that applies a $2.50 tax charge for every dollar spent, so Williams’ 10-day contract will also add more than $144K to the team’s year-end tax bill.

Williams may not be the ball-handling “playmaker” that LeBron James publicly called for last month, but the former No. 2 overall pick will provide the Cavs with some frontcourt depth for at least the next 10 days. His contract is set to expire during the All-Star break, so Cleveland will free up a roster spot in time for the trade deadline, giving the team some added flexibility.

Austin Kent contributed to this post.

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15 thoughts on “Cavs Sign Derrick Williams To 10-Day Contract

  1. Z-A

    If he plays 4-5 minutes in the place of LeBron, that is HUGE.

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  2. Formerlyz

    Rofl have they not seen him all season? I mean…he can take the ball off the drobble, but…

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    • acarneglia

      At least D-Will can spell dribble

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      • Connorsoxfan

        Ha!

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      • ACE Boogie

        you win

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        • acarneglia

          Thank you I’ll be here for the next ten days, lol

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      • Formerlyz

        Ya you’ve never typod, or had your phone autocorrect actual words into gibberish before

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        • [email protected]

          it happens all the ducking time

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          • Connorsoxfan

            Lol

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        • Connorsoxfan

          It’s just a joke, and also, was “typod” intentional?

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          • acarneglia

            At least you spelt Typo right

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          • Formerlyz

            I just really hate autocorrect. I have poor vision, so I can’t always tell ahead of time when something like that happens, especially b/c I naturally assume that it posts what I typed out

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            • acarneglia

              I wasn’t trying to be rude I was joking around. I hope you don’t take it personal.

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              • Formerlyz

                It’s cool lol. I was just more annoyed at autocorrect changing an actual word to drobble

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                • acarneglia

                  Alright no hard feelings, we are cool.

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