The story of LeBron James' pleas with management to get another playmaker was well-documented and now it looks like his wishes have come true. Deron Williams, the former 3-time All Star, has signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The point guard had been rattling off several reasons for signing with the Cavs, he finally gave perhaps the most important one: winning a championship ring.
"Competing for a championship is something that I haven't had a chance to do", said Williams. Williams has never made it to the NBA Finals and the closest he ever came to competing for a championship was during the 2006-2007 season when he played for the Utah Jazz. The Jazz reached the Western Conference Finals in 2007, but fell to the more experienced San Antonio Spurs 4-1.
The former Olympian and All Star signed with Cleveland as a free agent on Monday. The Cavs now have the backup playmaker that they have long needed which helps them add more depth to their bench where he is expected to play as a backup to All Star Kyrie Irving. The 13-year veteran had his contract bought out by the Dallas Mavericks last week, cleared waivers last Saturday, and informed the Cavaliers that he would be signing with them.
Williams became teammates with LeBron James during his two-time stint with the U.S. Men's Basketball team that competed during the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. According to NBA.com, Williams "already looked at home" with his new team. He also expressed he would be willing to play fewer minutes in order to help the team win.
Williams' signing may not be the last one for the Cavs this season as reports have been coming in saying the team is interested in signing veteran center Andrew Bogut. Per ESPN, Bogut was waived by the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday and could possibly sign with Cleveland. Bogut and Williams were both teammates during their tenure with the Dallas Mavericks earlier this season.
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