NBA Free Agency: Deron Williams teaming up with LeBron James in Cleveland after clearing waivers in Dallas

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Deron Williams of the Dallas Mavericks
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Deron Williams and the Dallas Mavericks are reportedly having discussions towards a contract buyout. The Cleveland Cavaliers, who are actively seeking for a playmaker has emerged as the top destination for Williams once he officially becomes a free agent.

In the past months, LeBron James continued to push the Cavaliers’ front office to upgrade their roster. After the acquisition of Kyle Korver, “The King” urged the Cavaliers to add another playmaker. As of now, they only have Kay Felder to serve as the primary backup for Kyrie Irving.

Trusting the role to a rookie would be quite risky for the defending champions. To grant James’ request, the Cavaliers held a free-agent workout but none of the participants earned the role. Cleveland didn’t limit their option in the free agency as they also tried to acquire a playmaker via trade.

Deron Williams, Mavericks having discussion toward contract buyout

Earlier this month, Sam Amick of USA Today Sports revealed the Cavaliers reached out to the Dallas Mavericks about Deron Williams. Unfortunately, no deal happened between the two teams. After the trade deadline passed, Shams Charania of The Vertical reported the Mavericks and Williams have discussed a contract buyout.

“It was great having Deron and his family back home in Dallas for the better part of 2 seasons,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said in a text message to reporters who cover the team. “At this time the decision has been made to focus on playing our young guys, and the organization felt that giving Deron the freedom to choose his next team was the right thing to do. Deron still plays at a high level and I believe he will be a difference-maker for a contending team down the stretch of this season. We wish him and his family the very best.”

Dallas held Williams out of practice in an attempt to trade him. The Utah Jazz, Williams’ former team, expressed interest to reacquire the 32-year-old guard but the deal never reached a serious stage. As what most people think, the Mavericks want to prioritize the development of Yogi Ferrell, who’s expected to be their starting point guard in the succeeding years.

Cavs finally acquiring a veteran playmaker

After the news spread, Cleveland emerged as the top free-agent destination for Deron Williams. Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press revealed that Williams will be joining the reigning NBA champions to serve as their primary backup point guard.

“A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Williams plans to join up with LeBron James to give the Cavs the backup point guard they need. The person spoke on condition of anonymity on Thursday because Williams has to clear waivers before signing with Cleveland,” Krawczynski reported.

Williams will undeniably be a great addition in Cleveland. He may not already be in his prime but he still has something left in his tank. In 40 games this season, Williams averaged 13.1 points and 6.9 assists on 43 percent shooting from the field and 34.8 percent from beyond the arc.

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