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Derrick Williams | Forward | #3

Team: Cleveland Cavaliers
Age / DOB:  (25) / 5/25/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 245
College: Arizona
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (2) / MIN
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The Cavs are expected to sign Derrick Williams to a second 10-day contract on Saturday, and then sign him for the remainder of the season after that contract ends.
According to Cleveland.com beat writer Joe Vardon, "the Cavs think Williams will be their seventh or eighth man against the Warriors in the Finals." The reason they will sign him to a second 10-day deal is to maintain roster flexibility through the trade deadline, should something unexpected arise. Williams will be tough to trust from a fantasy standpoint, as his production will likely be inconsistent and unpredictable over the final two months of the regular season. Feb 17 - 12:26 PM

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Derrick Williams played 23 minutes and hit 5-of-7 shots for 13 points, six rebounds and a steal in Tuesday's win over the Wolves.

Channing Frye is the obvious winner in the Kevin-Love-knee-surgery sweepstakes, but it's possible that Williams could have some shining moments as well. But he scored just seven points with one rebound on Saturday and had 12 points and zero rebounds in the game before that one, so it's too early to get excited about D-Will. Just keep an eye on him.
Feb 14 - 11:13 PM

LeBron James said he wants Derrick Williams to remain in Cleveland for the rest of the season.

"We hope that this is a long-term thing," James said of Williams. "Obviously, we know that he's on a 10-day contract, but we believe it's going to be long-term." Williams is averaging 9.5 points on 83.3 percent shooting in his first two games with the Cavs and is benefitting from playing next to a strong supporting cast. He's playing 21.5 minutes per game so far, so he's just someone to monitor in deeper leagues for now.
Source: ESPN
Feb 12 - 9:45 AM

Derrick Williams has a "strong chance" to remain with the Cavs for the entirety of the 2016-17 season, according to Cleveland beat writer Joe Vardon.

Williams, who just signed a 10-day contract, played well in his Cavs debut on Thursday night, scoring 12 points in 22 minutes. However, it is unlikely Williams will be able to make a fantasy impact, especially once DeAndre Liggins (tooth) and Iman Shumpert (sprained left ankle) return to the lineup. Williams could see extended run on nights LeBron James is rested. Williams can be left on the waiver wire for now.
Feb 10 - 11:36 AM

Derrick Williams played 22 minutes and hit 3-of-3 shots and 6-of-8 free throws, finishing with 12 points and one assist in his debut with the Cavaliers on Thursday.

He's on a 10-day contract and could have some big games for the Cavs on nights when LeBron James is getting a rest. But despite tonight's promising start, it's hard to imagine Williams having consistent fantasy value. He was helped by the absence of DeAndre Liggins (tooth) tonight.
Feb 9 - 10:57 PM

Derrick Williams will be available to play against the Thunder on Thursday.

He could be looking at decent minutes on the same day he signed his 10-day deal. Williams does have a respectable 20.5 usage rate on the year and he could have an opportunity to top that with the Cavs possibly resting players. Of course, there's always a lot of risk to use a guy on the first day of his 10-day deal.
Feb 9 - 5:18 PM

Derrick Williams will "probably" play on Thursday vs. the Thunder.

We're still waiting to hear if Williams has officially signed his 10-day deal with the Cavs. With LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love all iffy for tonight's game for rest purposes, the Cavs need all the help they can get and Williams could see action right away. We should know more soon.
Feb 9 - 1:30 PM

Derrick Williams will sign a 10-day deal with the Cavaliers.

This means he cleared waivers after the Heat waived him on Monday. The Cavaliers don't have a lot of financial flexibility, but they were always expected to pounce on players that have been bought out. Williams will need to impress to earn a long-term deal in Cleveland since they really need some depth at point guard and center, so fantasy owners can ignore him for now. He averaged 5.9 points and 2.9 rebounds for the Heat and shot a career-low 39.4 percent from the field, but maybe playing next to LeBron James will open things up for him. As for Thursday night, he could be interesting in DFS if he suits up with the big three expected to rest.
Feb 9 - 9:03 AM

The Heat will waive Derrick Williams and sign Okaro White to a two-year deal.

The writing has been on the wall for some time now. Williams has played a total of 16 minutes since Jan. 8 and was passed on the depth chart by Okaro White. We'll let you know when he clears waivers, but he's not a lock to be picked up by another team this season.
Feb 6 - 11:44 AM

The Heat will reportedly trade or waive Derrick Williams by Sunday in order to open up a roster spot for Okaro White.

White has been on the floor in late-game situations as of late and getting Williams' $4.6 million off the books this season would help Miami to avoid paying a couple extra million in luxury taxes. The Wizards have reportedly expressed interest in Wiliams, but if he's waived, he'd likely go to a team like Utah, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Denver, Phoenix or Minnesota in order to help those teams get closer to the salary cap floor. Regardless of the jersey, Williams won't have much fantasy value.
Feb 1 - 10:23 AM

Derrick Williams will likely be waived according to Ira Winderman of the South Floirda Sun-Sentinel.

The Heat will lose their roster exception when Josh Richardson (foot) returns and Okaro White "has made himself a keeper" according to Winderman. Williams hasn't been able to carve out a role on the Heat despite multiple injuries in front of him, and he's only on the books through the end of the season. A change of scenery would be a good thing for D-Will, but he won't be worth stashing in most formats if the Heat part ways with the forward.
Jan 26 - 12:05 PM

Derrick Williams started on Sunday sans Luke Babbitt (illness), but hit just 1-of-5 shots on his way to two points, three boards, two assists, one steal and two turnovers in 21 minutes.

Through 11 games as a starter this season, Williams has compiled forgettable averages of 6.4 points, 2.3 rebounds and not much else over 16.7 minutes per contest, so this is just a reminder to not get too excited when Williams earns starts. Leave him on the wire.
Jan 8 - 6:28 PM

Derrick Williams and Wayne Ellington will move into the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Clippers, with both Josh Richardson (foot) and Luke Babbitt (illness) unavailable.

Goran Dragic, Rodney McGruder and Hassan Whiteside will join Ellington and Williams in the starting five, with Willie Reed shifting to the bench. Through 10 games as a starter, Williams has only averaged 16.3 minutes per game, so he's not a great option in most leagues tonight despite the increased opportunity. On the other hand, James Johnson should be able to flirt with 30-plus minutes off the bench, so he's the guy you want to target in DFS with Miami banged up.

Derrick Williams was a DNP-CD on Thursday against the Hornets.

This is not surprising at all. Coach Erik Spoelstra will likely be mixing and matching with Williams and Luke Babbitt, but obviously it doesn't matter much in the fantasy world.
Thu, Dec 29, 2016 10:12:00 PM

Derrick Williams will move back to the bench for Thursday against the Hornets.

It was somewhat surprising to see Williams get a start on Tuesday, but it wasn't surprising to see him play 15 minutes. Coach Erik Spoelstra should have enough to go nine deep without Williams, so he may not play tonight.
Thu, Dec 29, 2016 06:22:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Kyrie Irving
2DeAndre Liggins
3Kay Felder
SG1J.R. Smith
2Iman Shumpert
3Kyle Korver
4Jordan McRae
SF1LeBron James
2Richard Jefferson
3James Jones
PF1Kevin Love
2Channing Frye
3Derrick Williams
C1Tristan Thompson