Derrick Williams
PF FA
8 months ago

Williams (quad) will play during Saturday's game against the Clippers. Jason Lloyd of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

With Williams seemingly going through morning shootaround without issue, he'll suit up for Saturday's contest against the Clippers. With LeBron James (rest), Kyrie Irving (rest/knee) and Kevin Love (rest) all sidelined for Saturday's game, Williams will likely see additional run.

Derrick Williams
PF FA
8 months ago

Coach Tyronn Lue said that Williams (quad) should be able to play Saturday against the Clippers, Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Cavaliers will presumably reevaluate Williams at morning shootaround Saturday before making a formal declaration on his status, but it sounds like the bruised right quadriceps that sidelined him for Thursday's win over the Jazz isn't too serious. However, with Kevin Love (knee) returning from a long absence Thursday, the Cavaliers have less of a need for their depth options at power forward, so it wouldn't be surprising if Williams was squeezed out of the rotation Saturday.

Derrick Williams
PF FA
8 months ago

Williams will miss Thursday's matchup against the Jazz due to a right quad contusion, Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Williams -- averaging 8.7 points and 2.9 rebounds across 21.5 minutes per game since joining the Cavaliers -- will miss his first game with the team Thursday. In his absence, Richard Jefferson and Channing Frye may see extended workload.

Derrick Williams
PF FA
8 months ago

Williams provided 13 points (4-8 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 2-4 FT) and one assist across 21 minutes in a 128-96 win over the Pistons on Tuesday.

EDGE Analysis

Williams' playing time had been trending down in recent games, but the blowout victory allowed coach Tyronn Lue to find more time than usual for his bench options. The former No. 2 overall pick responded with a productive scoring outing, with his outside shooting the major reason behind his success. Williams has thrived in that capacity since signing his first 10-day contract with the Cavaliers back on Feb. 9, shooting an excellent 41.9 percent from three-point range.

Derrick Williams
PF FA
9 months ago

Williams posted 13 points (5-10 FG, 2/5 3Pt, 1-2 FT), three rebounds, one steal and a block across 31 minutes in Wednesday's 103-99 loss to the Celtics.

EDGE Analysis

In the midst of his second 10-day contract with the team, Williams has looked very impressive off the bench and is proving to be a valuable asset while Kevin Love (knee) is out. While Channing Frye has been garnering the lion's share of starts in Love's absence, Williams has had more of an impact. In fact, Frye only posted 12 minutes on the court Wednesday, yielding most of his minutes to Williams. While coach Ty Lue will continue to rotate Frye, Richard Jefferson and Williams to fill the 4 spot, Williams looks to have the most fantasy impact until Love returns.

Derrick Williams
PF FA
9 months ago

Williams managed eight points (3-7 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-4 FT), four rebounds and two assists over 23 minutes in Saturday's 117-99 loss to the Bulls.

EDGE Analysis

Williams continues to come off the bench behind Channing Frye while Kevin Love (knee) remains sidelined, but he's been reasonably productive while doing so. He's played no less than 21 minutes since debuting with the Cavs on Feb. 9, and has posted double-digit scoring in three of his first six games in a Cleveland uniform. With Williams having signed a second 10-day contract on Wednesday and Love out for several more weeks, the six-year veteran is a serviceable short-term grab in deeper formats.

Derrick Williams
PF FA
9 months ago

Williams will sign a second 10-day contract with the Cavaliers prior to Wednesday's practice, Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

After Williams' first 10-day deal expired earlier in the week, it was initially expected the Cavaliers would wait until the aftermath of Thursday's trade deadline to decide the forward's future with the team. However, Williams' re-signing may indicate that no major roster moves are imminent, and the 25-year-old seems to have done enough to convince the Cavaliers that he'll be a dependable option off the bench the rest of the way. According to Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press, there's been "every indication" that Williams will eventually sign a contract with the Cavaliers for the remainder of the season, something that teammate LeBron James has already endorsed. In his four games with the Cavs, Williams is averaging 9.8 points (on 60% shooting), 3.0 rebounds, 0.8 assists and 0.8 three-pointers in 23.3 minutes per contest.

Derrick Williams
PF FA
9 months ago

Williams' 10-day contract with the Cavaliers expired, and the team is yet to make a decision on his future, Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

EDGE Analysis

Cleveland opted not to sign Williams to a second 10-day deal, but the team is keeping the forward on its radar, and whether he returns to Cleveland will likely be determined by what the Cavs do -- or don't do -- before Thursday's trade deadline. All indications are that the Cavs have been impressed by Williams, who's averaged 9.8 points and 3.0 rebounds in four games, but they want to keep a roster spot available in the event of a trade. If the Cavaliers still have an opening after the deadline passes, Williams would likely be re-signed, assuming another team doesn't scoop him up in the meantime. "We hope that this is a long-term thing," LeBron James said after Williams initially signed. "Obviously, we know that he's on a 10-day contract, but we believe it's going to be long term."

Derrick Williams
PF FA
9 months ago

Williams supplied seven points (2-7 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 1-2 FT), five rebounds and two assists across 27 minutes in a 113-104 win over the Pacers on Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

Williams has seen 20-plus minutes in all four of his appearances with the Cavaliers, and with Kevin Love (knee) slated to miss the next six weeks, it doesn't appear the former No. 2 overall pick is in danger of sacrificing any playing time, barring a major addition to the frontcourt. The Cavaliers will still have to decide over the weekend whether to extend Williams to another 10-day contract, but given the extent to which coach Tyronn Lue has been relying on the forward in his first week with the team, it looks to be merely a formality. Despite the key bench role he's occupied for the Cavaliers, Williams still doesn't shape up as an especially appealing fantasy option in most deeper leagues due to his low rebound rate.

Derrick Williams
PF FA
9 months ago

Williams scored 12 points (3-3 FG, 6-8 FT) and dished one assist in 22 minutes Thursday during a 118-109 loss to the Thunder.

EDGE Analysis

After signing with the team on Thursday, Williams suited up less than 24 hours later at Chesapeake Arena and unexpectedly played 22 minutes, the bulk of which came in the fourth quarter of a tight game. Williams showed decent chemistry with the Cavs stars, playing off the ball well by providing a threat around the baseline and corner-three area. Expect Williams to see significant playing time against the Nuggets on Saturday after an encouraging debut.