UPDATE: 2/23/2017 4:15PM EST
David Aldridge of NBA.com and TNT is reporting that once Deron Williams and the Dallas Mavericks work out a buyout agreement, Williams will join the Cavaliers.
If Mavericks waive (not a buyout) Deron Williams, all signs point to DWill quickly working out a deal with the Cavs, per league sources.
— David Aldridge (@davidaldridgedc) February 23, 2017
UPDATE: 2/23/2017 4:00PM EST
This year’s NBA trade deadline has come and gone. Now, teams across the association are beginning to explore their options in the post-deadline market, including the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers.
Over the past few weeks, the Cavs, who are known to be seeking talent at various positions, have invited several players to town for workouts sessions. The Cavs haven’t pulled the trigger on any deals yet, but multiple sources are reporting that the champs are keeping close tabs on Dallas Mavericks point guard, Deron Williams.
#Cavs expressed trade interest in Deron Williams. They will now express buyout market interest.
— Sam Amico (@AmicoHoops) February 23, 2017
Williams, 32, holds career averages of 16.8 points, 8.3 assists, 2.3 rebounds, and 1.1 steals in 34.8 minutes per game. The former number three overall selection (Utah Jazz) in the 2005 NBA Draft has received interest from quite a few teams — and for good reason. Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports and The Vertical reports that the Mavericks have began discussing a contract buy-out with Williams.
Vertical Sources: Deron Williams, Dallas have started discussions toward contract buyout. Cleveland, Utah, Atlanta expressed trade interest.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 23, 2017
Williams is currently making $9 million this season after signing one-year deal to return to the Mavs during the offseason. ESPN’s Marc Stein reports that Dallas is willing to pay off the remaining portion of his deal if he indeed wants to become a free agent.
The Mavs have told Deron Williams they will pay off the full remaining amount of his deal if he wants to be a free agent, league sources say
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 23, 2017
The Cavs will certainly be keeping a keen eye on Williams going forward. As always, keep your browsers locked on Cavs Nation for further updates as they become available.