CLEVELAND (AP/92.3 The Fan) – The Dallas Mavericks waived point guard Deron Williams on Thursday, and the five-time All-Star is now looking to join the Cleveland Cavaliers.
A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Williams plans to join up with LeBron James to give the Cavs the backup point guard they need. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because Williams has to clear waivers before signing with Cleveland.
Cavs general manager David Griffin would not comment specifically on Williams Thursday prior to the Cavs’ game against the New York Knicks but he did say that the team would be competitive in trying to add players who get bought out.
“Obviously we have a great deal of interest – and we’ve said it for a long time – in a play maker,” Griffin said. “The need for a play maker still exists and we hope in all of these cases that we’re the kind of organization and we’re the kind of team that people want to be a part of.
“We feel that we’ll be competitive in that market for sure.”
Williams is averaging 13.1 points and 6.9 assists for the Mavericks this season. The 32-year-old is a five-time All-Star.
“I always liked D-Will,” Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue said. “He’s a great talent. He can make the plays. He’s a great pick and roll player. He can shoot the basketball. He has size so he can switch 1 through 4 with him defensively. He can post smaller guards so I’ve always been a big fan of D-Will.”
James said earlier this season that the Cavaliers were in need of another playmaker off the bench to backup starter Kyrie Irving.
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