Deron Williams Signs With Cleveland
Monday, Deron Williams officially signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers after the Dallas Mavericks waived him off their team.
In fact, Williams’s play for the Mavs was more than productive. He averaged 13.1 points, 6.9 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game over a course of 29.3 minutes according to ESPN. Due to injury, he only played 40 out of 59 games.
Now the Cavs and LeBron James receive the playmaker they needed off the bench. The three time All Star feels like home in Cleveland according to Associated Press.
“I just felt like this was the best fit for me,” he said. “It was a team that showed interest in the offseason in signing me. … I think my name was thrown around all season and so I know a lot of the guys on the team. You know playing with LeBron in the Olympics. I played with Kyle (Korver) and he’s one of my good friends and we still talk until today. I just feel like I’ll be comfortable here. I’ll have a significant role here.”
The 13-year veteran, Williams outstanding knowledge of the game should enhance the overall flow of the second unit. The move allows the Cavs to acquire a great guard without giving up any assets. The opportunity is like no other for Williams. Even though he competed in the playoffs in the past he never achieved the ultimate prize. Now he feels a championship is imminent.
“Competing for a championship is something that I haven’t had a chance to do,” Williams said.
The deepest that Williams went in the playoffs was the Western Conference finals in 2007. He would take the Utah Jazz there along with Kyle Korver. Cleveland traded for Korver earlier this season.
Fortunately for the Cavs, Williams was on board with the move. They now await the status of Andrew Bogut, anticipated to join off waivers as well. Even as Bogut and Williams have communicated that signing in Cleveland is best, Bogut might not have same approach as Williams on the matter.
“It was kind of an easy decision for me,” Williams said. “I definitely looked at a couple other teams. But once Dallas informed me they kind of wanted to go in a different direction, the Cavs were the first team that jumped out at me. A lot of times you overthink things. I kind of went with my first thought.”