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 (knee) was claimed off waivers Friday by the 76ers, Marc Stein of ESPN.com reports.
Williams has essentially called it a career, but since he has yet to file his retirement papers and still has an active contract, he was available for any team to add. The veteran point guard, who underwent knee surgery in October, isn't expected to report to the 76ers, as the team simply claimed Williams and his $2.2 million contract to help inch closer to the league's salary floor.
Williams (knee) was traded to the Nuggets on Tuesday in exchange for the rights to 2005 draft pick Cenk Akyol, the The Denver Post's Christopher Dempsey 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, approximately $7 million away from the cap floor. Since Williams' contract is prorated, the Nuggets will only pay him about $400,000 in salary, but his cap hit will remain at $2.1 million. The Hawks, meanwhile, create 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 the Cavaliers in the recent 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.
Williams (knee) was officially traded to the Hawks on Saturday, Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
The announcement is essentially a formality, as the framework of the deal has been in place since Thursday evening. The Cavaliers will receive veteran sharpshooter Kyle Korver from Atlanta, while sending Williams, Mike Dunleavy and a future first-round pick back to the Hawks. Williams, who underwent a knee procedure in October, has not played this season, and he'll likely be waived at some point.
Williams (knee) will be shipped to the Hawks in an agreed-upon trade that will send Kyle Korver to the Cavaliers, Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
The Cavs' acquisition of Korver isn't official and may not be finalized until Saturday, as there's a possibility that more players and/or draft picks, along with an additional team, could be incorporated into the trade. While the Hawks are also expected to take on Mike Dunleavy in addition to Williams, their main prize will be a future first-round pick. Williams hasn't been taking part in activities with the Cavaliers after indicating prior to training camp that he planned to retire, but he has yet to officially file his retirement papers to the league office. Trading Williams to the Hawks will simply free up a roster spot for the Cavaliers to add an additional player, most likely a point guard. Williams isn't expected to play a minute with the Hawks and could be waived before the season is over.
Williams underwent a surgical procedure on his left knee Wednesday, Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Last month, the veteran informed the Cavaliers that he would not return to the team, but it's worth noting Williams has yet to officially file retirement papers with the league office. Williams still has $2.2 million remaining on his current contract, and if he opts for retirement, that money would be voided. The Cavs' preference at this point is to negotiate a buyout with Williams, but until they're able to either do that or trade the 34-year-old, he'll technically occupy a spot on their roster, as well as their financial ledger. Trading Williams seems unlikely considering his age and the fact that he just underwent surgery, so it's unclear how the situation will play out. At present, with Williams still on the books and the J.R. Smith saga unsettled, the Cavaliers can only roster 14 other players, which could impact the status of borderline players like Jordan McRae, DeAndre Liggins, Dahntay Jones and Toney Douglas.
Williams' agent informed Cavaliers general manager David Griffin on Monday that he will retire from the NBA, Sam Amico of FOX Sports Ohio reports.
Just days after confirming that he would return to the Cavs for the 2016-17 season and retire thereafter, it appears Williams has changed his mind on playing. The Cavs weren't counting on Williams to play big minutes this season, but with only second-round draft pick Kay Felder on the depth chart behind starter Kyrie Irving at point guard, the Cavaliers are now likely to bring in a veteran to restore some depth in the backcourt. Assuming this is indeed the end for Williams, the 33-year-old will wrap up his career with averages of 13.2 points, 4.9 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game over 818 games with the Jazz, Bucks, Cavaliers, Clippers, Trail Blazers, Timberwolves and Hornets.
Williams confirmed that the 2016-17 season will be his final year in the NBA, Chris Haynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Williams had been contemplating retirement in recent weeks, but announced in an Instagram post on Sept. 21 that he would be back for one more year. However, Williams said he has no intention of pursuing a new deal when his contract expires after the season, so it appears he's already made up his mind about the future. The 33-year-old is set to open the season as the top backup to Kyrie Irving at point guard, but it wouldn't be surprise if he lost out on playing time to rookie Kay Felder as the campaign wears on.
Williams indicated on his personal Twitter account that he's coming back for the 2016-17 season.
There were some reports at the end of August indicating Williams was contemplating retirement and could be released by the Cavaliers prior to the season. However, Williams shot that notion down Wednesday, letting everyone know he was "coming back". Williams averaged a career-low 18 minutes per game during the 2015-16 campaign and is unlikely to see his playing time increase, as he'll continue to run behind starter Kyrie Irving at point guard. Along with coming in as relief for Irving, Williams will also look to groom rookie Kay Felder for the backup point guard role in the future.
Williams is contemplating retirement and could be released by the Cavaliers in the near future, Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com reports.
Williams just completed his 12th NBA season and has the potential to go out on top after the Cavaliers were crowned the 2016 NBA champions earlier this summer. The point guard cited a lingering knee injury and a desire to coach as reasons he might consider ending his playing career, but any decision on that front likely won't come until closer to the start of training camp in late September. Williams opted to exercise his $2.2 million player option in June, but given these recent comments, there's a chance the Cavs could elect to use their stretch provision and waive him before the Aug. 31 deadline in order to create some more salary cap flexibility. Beyond Williams and starter Kyrie Irving, rookie second-round pick Kay Felder is the only other natural point guard on the club's roster.
Williams elected to pick up his player option with the Cavaliers Tuesday for the 2017-16 season, Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com reports.
Williams was a somewhat regular member of the Cavaliers rotation before a knee injury caused him to miss a large chunk of the season and he struggled to regain a spot in the rotation shortly after. Williams has proven, however, that he is still very capable of producing in the NBA, scoring 8.2 points per game and shooting 35 percent from three this past season in Cleveland. He also managed to average 17.2 points and 6.0 assists with the Charlotte Hornets last season. The veteran point guard is set to make $2.2 million next season with the Cavaliers.
Williams picked up a turnover and a foul across three minutes during Monday's 112-97 Game 5 win over the Warriors.
Williams played the final minute of the third quarter to give Kyrie Irving a breather, but the rest of his run came in the final two minutes of the contest, when the outcome had already been decided. Don't expect Williams to see action outside of garbage time in Thursday's all-important Game 6 in Cleveland.
Williams scored three points (1-3 FG, 1-2 FT) to go with two rebounds across nine minutes in Tuesday's 115-84 Game 1 win over the Raptors.
The Cavaliers were up big by the end of the third quarter, resulting in Williams seeing the floor in garbage time. He's not a regular member of the rotation and has appeared in only four of the Cavs' nine postseason contests.
Williams (knee) will be active for Friday's Game 3 against the Pistons, Cleveland.com reports.
Williams has been unavailable for the Cavaliers' two playoff games thus far, but will be back healthy for Friday's Game 3 in Detroit. Although it's unclear what Williams' role will be for the remainder of Cleveland's first-round series, coach Tyronn Lue will certainly welcome Williams' veteran presence as an additional option off the bench.
Williams (knee) will not play in Game 2 against the Pistons on Wednesday, Chris Haynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Williams was originally listed as questionable, an optimistic status given that he'd missed the teams previous four games. He'll be missing his fifth game in a row, and should be considered questionable for Game 3 on Friday.
Williams (knee) is listed as questionable for Game 2 against the Pistons on Wednesday, Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com reports.
Williams' left knee injury has kept him out of the Cavs' last four games, but his upgrade to questionable suggests that he's making progress on some level. Even if Williams is deemed active for Game 2, he'll still be third on the depth chart behind Kyrie Irving and Matthew Dellavedova, meaning he's no lock to even see the court if the game remains competitive.
Williams (knee) will not play in the Cavaliers' playoff opener versus the Pistons on Sunday.
Williams is experiencing inflammation on the cartilage in his knee cap, which will cost him at least Sunday's opener against the Pistons. He's reportedly aiming for a return by the team's second matchup against the Pistons on Apr. 20, although we'll likely have to wait till the day of the game before hearing a final word on his status. Kyrie Irving and Matthew Dellavedova will likely take on heavy minutes in his absence, while Jordan McRae could see a slight boost as well.
Williams (knee) won't be available for Wednesday's regular season finale against the Pistons, Chris Haynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Williams traveled to New York on Tuesday for an examination on his ailing left knee and is scheduled to have an appointment Wednesday, which should provide more clarity on the injury. The veteran is expected to rejoin the Cavaliers in time for Wednesday's game, but coach Tyronn Lue already noted that Williams won't dress for the contest. Williams is experiencing inflammation on the cartilage in his kneecap, and it's uncertain if he'll be able to play through the injury during the postseason. The Cavaliers aren't counting on much minutes from Williams anyway as the team's third string point guard, but with him being sidelined Wednesday along with Kyrie Irving (rest), Matthew Dellavedova may be asked to assume heavy minutes as the team's primary floor general.
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