CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – The Cavaliers officially landed their backup point guard on Monday, signing Deron Williams just prior to Cleveland’s battle against the Milwaukee Bucks at Quicken Loans Arena.
Williams was waived by the Dallas Mavericks and cleared waivers over the weekend, clearing the way for the veteran guard to join the Cavs in hopes of winning a championship.
“At the end of the day, I just felt like this was the best fit for me,” Williams said in his first meeting with the Cleveland media.
Once one of the league’s best lead guards, the 32-year-old’s production has slowed, but Williams is still capable of giving Cleveland what they desperately needed — a true backup to Kyrie Irving and someone capable of handling the ball and creating with the second unit.
Williams, in 40 starts with Dallas this season, averaged 13.1 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. He has averaged 16.6 points and 8.2 assists per game over his 13-year career.
The 6-foot-4 point guard fills the Cavs’ open roster spot and will wear uniform No. 31 with Cleveland. Williams is expected to be available as soon as Wednesday in Boston.
“It was kind of an easy decision for me,” he 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.”