Williams will head down the South Beach after spending the past season with the Knicks, where he averaged 9.3 points, 3.7 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.4 steals, and 0.1 blocks in 18 minutes per game through 80 games. The former second-overall pick could see an expanded role in Miami, especially if Chris Bosh (calf) is not ready in time for the beginning of the season. In any case, look for Williams to compete with Josh McRoberts for minutes at power forward.
Williams will opt out of his $4.59 million contract for the 2016-17 season and become an unrestricted free agent, Ian Begley of ESPN.com reports.
Williams was a candidate to serve as the Knicks' starting power forward entering last season, but the emergence of rookie Kristaps Porzingis resulted in the veteran settling for a backup role. He provided a strong scoring punch off the bench with 9.3 points in 17.9 minutes per game, but Williams' low rebound rate and lack of efficiency from the field made his overall contributions rather hollow. Still, Williams' ability to put up points and his pedigree as a former No. 2 overall pick should prompt some team to sign him this offseason as a rotational big man.
Derrick Williams scored a team-high 21 points (8-11 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 1-1 FT) with a pair of assists during 32 minutes in Tuesday's 102-90 loss to the Pacers.
With Melo sitting out the season finale and Kristaps Porzingis on the mend, Williams assumed the role of go-to scorer for the New York Knicks . The four three-pointers was a season high and it was Williams' first game with 20 or more points since Jan. 13 against the Nets. Williams did enough this season that he should have at least a bench role for the Knicks in 2016-17.
Derrick Williams finished with 17 points (7-15 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 10 rebounds, and one assist in 32 minutes during the New York Knicks ' 111-97 loss to the Hornets on Wednesday.
Williams drew his fourth straight start on Wednesday in place of Kristaps Porzingis (shoulder), and has filled in nicely during the rookie's absence. During these four starts, Williams is averaging 15 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in 30 minutes, and he could close the season on a roll if Porzingis remains sidelined.
Derrick Williams went for 15 points (5-8 FG, 5-6 FT), eight rebounds, and two assists in 35 minutes during the New York Knicks ' 91-89 loss to the Mavericks on Wednesday.
Williams committed four turnovers, but filled in fairly well for the injured Kristaps Porzingis (shoulder). It's unclear whether Porzingis' sore shoulder will keep him out on Friday against the Nets, but if so Williams will likely draw another start and make for an attractive DFS bargain.
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