Williams is working towards an NBA return after missing the 2016-17 season as a result of knee surgery, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports. Williams last played for the Cavaliers during the 2015-16 season, where he averaged 8.2 points and 2.4 assists across 18.2 minutes per game while shooting 43.7 percent from the field and 35.3 percent from beyond the arc. While Williams' presence as a veteran could help out a number of teams, his statistics over the past few seasons have been far from eye-popping.
Williams (knee) was claimed off waivers by the Nuggets on Monday, Marc Stein of ESPN reports. In what's turned into somewhat of a running joke, Williams will technically return to the Nuggets for the second time in the last week in a move aimed at helping Denver reach the NBA's salary floor. The expectation is that Williams will be waived in short order, and once that happens all signs point to the Nuggets re-signing Alonzo Gee to a second 10-day contract to fill the vacant roster spot. As for Williams, he'll return to the free agent pool, as he still has not officially filed for retirement through the league office. While he hasn't played a single game on the season, the veteran has officially made stops in Cleveland, Atlanta, Philadelphia and Denver (twice).
Williams was waived by the 76ers on Friday, Tom Moore of the Bucks County Courier Times reports. The 76ers claimed Williams off waivers from the Nuggets earlier in the day, but it was only a procedural move to draw closer to the league's salary floor, as the team never intended to have the point guard, who has essentially indicated that he's retired, report to Philadelphia. In order to facilitate Williams' brief acquisition, the 76ers first let point guard Chasson Randle's 10-day contract expire. After Williams was claimed and then subsequently waived, Randle was signed to a second 10-day contract to fill the 76ers' 15th roster spot.
Williams was claimed off waivers Friday by the 76ers, Marc Stein of ESPN reports. Williams is essentially retired, but is yet to file the retirement papers, technically making him an active player. He underwent knee surgery earlier this season, so he is essentially being used to bring the 76ers closer to the salary floor by paying the salary he is owed. Claiming Williams should have no impact on Philadelphia's roster as it currently stands.
Williams was traded to the Nuggets late Tuesday night in exchange for the rights to 2005 draft pick Cenk Akyol, the Denver Post reports. The deal was simply made for cap purposes, as it helps the Nuggets inch closer to reaching the league's salary floor. Acquiring Williams, and his salary hit of $2.1 million, brings the Nuggets to roughly $77 million in team salary, $7 million away from the $84 million cap floor. Since Williams' contract is prorated, Denver will only pay him about $400,000 in salary, but his cap hit will remain at $2.1 million. Atlanta, meanwhile, creates a trade exception by dealing Williams, who is essentially retired, despite the fact that he's yet to officially submit his retirement papers to the league office. All in all, the deal is a thinly veiled salary-motivated move for both sides, as it was expected that the Hawks would eventually dump Williams' salary after acquiring him from Cleveland in the Kyle Korver deal. In order to temporarily clear a roster spot for Williams, the Nuggets opted not to sign Alonzo Gee to a second 10-day deal, but with Williams now off the roster, the team could bring Gee back on another short-term contract.
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