Williams supplied seven points (2-7 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 1-2 FT), five rebounds and two assists across 27 minutes in a 113-104 win over the Pacers on Wednesday.
Williams has seen 20-plus minutes in all four of his appearances with the Cavaliers, and with Kevin Love (knee) slated to miss the next six weeks, it doesn't appear the former No. 2 overall pick is in danger of sacrificing any playing time, barring a major addition to the frontcourt. The Cavaliers will still have to decide over the weekend whether to extend Williams to another 10-day contract, but given the extent to which coach Tyronn Lue has been relying on the forward in his first week with the team, it looks to be merely a formality. Despite the key bench role he's occupied for the Cavaliers, Williams still doesn't shape up as an especially appealing fantasy option in most deeper leagues due to his low rebound rate.
Williams scored 12 points (3-3 FG, 6-8 FT) and dished one assist in 22 minutes Thursday during a 118-109 loss to the Thunder.
After signing with the team on Thursday, Williams suited up less than 24 hours later at Chesapeake Arena and unexpectedly played 22 minutes, the bulk of which came in the fourth quarter of a tight game. Williams showed decent chemistry with the Cavs stars, playing off the ball well by providing a threat around the baseline and corner-three area. Expect Williams to see significant playing time against the Nuggets on Saturday after an encouraging debut.
Williams will play in Thursday's matchup with the Thunder, Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com reports.
Williams signed with the Cavaliers earlier in the day on Thursday and will be suited up for the game, though it's unclear how many minutes he'll see, if any. Don't expect him to see significant minutes in what is his first day with the team.
Williams cleared waivers Wednesday after being waived by Miami, and he's expected to join the Cavaliers in time to potentially be available for Thursday's matchup with the Thunder in Oklahoma City. The former No. 2 overall pick will provide depth to a relatively thin and veteran-laden Cavs frontcourt, but it's unclear if Cleveland views him as anything more than a temporary placeholder. Signing Williams to a 10-day contract, rather than a longer-term deal, provides the Cavs with some flexibility as the Feb. 23 trade deadline approaches. In joining the Cavaliers, Williams will suit up for his fifth NBA team since entering the league in 2011-12. He spent all of last season with the Knicks before averaging 5.9 points and 2.9 rebounds in 25 games for the
The move had been anticipated for the last couple of weeks, as Okaro White's productive play on a pair of 10-day contracts and the impending return of Josh Richardson (foot) made Williams -- a non-rotation player for the Heat -- an expendable piece. The former No. 2 overall pick, who has made only two appearances since mid-January, averaged just 5.9 points and 2.9 rebounds in 15.1 minutes per game while shooting 39.4 percent from the field. Given his pedigree, Williams could draw some interest as a waiver claim, but he's unlikely to pop up on the fantasy radar regardless of where he lands.
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