CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – The Cavaliers have signed forward Derrick Williams to a 10-day contract, confirming Thursday morning’s report from Yahoo! Sports.
Williams cleared waivers on Wednesday after being waived by the Miami Heat earlier in the week.
Williams was the No. 2 overall pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2011 NBA Draft. The signing now gives the Cavs three of the top four selections from that year’s draft (Kyrie Irving: No. 1, Williams: No. 2, Tristan Thompson No. 4).
The 6-foot-8 forward has jumped around the NBA for six seasons, playing with the Wolves, Sacramento Kings, New York Knicks, and Miami Heat. Williams has averaged just 9.1 points and 4.1 rebounds over his NBA career.
The 25-year-old is on his fifth team in six seasons. He started 11 games for Miami this season, averaging 5.9 points and 2.9 rebounds per game.
The move to pick up Williams comes close to the Feb. 23 NBA trade deadline. Recently, LeBron James called for a ‘playmaker’ to join the team for the stretch run to help provide some depth to their “top-heavy” roster.
The Cavs have 31 games remaining in the regular season after winning their fourth straight game against the Pacers on Wednesday night.
Cleveland will battle the Thunder in Oklahoma City on Thursday night.
— 92.3 The Fan’s T.J. Zuppe contributed to this report.