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    Former No. 2 pick Derrick Williams in solid debut after signing 10-day contract with Cavs

    by the web
    Feb 10, 2017
    Derrick Williams had 12 points in his Cavs debut in a loss to the OKC Thunder. AP

    THE Cleveland Cavaliers added another top talent to its roster, but not with the playmaker LeBron James has long asked for.

    The Cavs signed former No.2 pick Derrick Williams on Thursday (Friday, Manila time) to a 10-day contract after he was waived by the Miami Heat this week..

    The Cavs expect the 6-8 forward, a former Pac-10 player of the year with the University of Arizona and selected second overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2011 NBA draft, to provide depth to their frontcourt made up of Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson and Channing Frye.

    Williams was unable to achieve his full potential and instead wound up as a journeyman, playing with four teams in six seasons in the league. The Cavs will be his fifth.

    The 25-year old swingman has averaged 9.1 points and 2.9 rebounds in 21 minutes for his career.

    James has been vocal about the team acquiring more talent in light of injuries that has sidelined guards J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert and center Chris Andersen.

    With Williams’ signing, the Cavaliers have three of the top 4 picks in the 2011 draft: Kyrie Irving (1st), Williams (2nd) and Thompson (4th). 

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    Derrick Williams had 12 points in his Cavs debut in a loss to the OKC Thunder. AP
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