Cleveland Cavaliers Rumors: Cavs Could Add Deron Williams Before Trade Deadline

By James Johansson, Posted: 12/26/16 11:18AM EST

The Cleveland Cavaliers drew first blood against rivals Golden State Warriors on Christmas Day. However, the defending champions will be pressed to make roster moves before the deadline to add more firepower.

The Cavaliers absorbed a blow to their campaign after starting shooting guard went down with an injury. Smith underwent surgery to repair a broken right thumb, which will likely put him on the sideline for three months, reported.

With Smith out probably for the entire regular season, the Cavaliers will likely become buyers on the trade market in the coming weeks. And based on recent reports, the Cavaliers could reach out to the Dallas Mavericks about a potential trade for veteran shooting guard Deron Williams.

Joe Vardon of reported earlier this year that Williams could be one of the potential trade targets for the Cavaliers before the deadline. That was before Smith went down with an injury, which means that the Cavs need the trade more today.

Williams is not on the conversation for the best point guard in the league anymore but could be a good addition to the Cavaliers. The 32-year-old point guard is averaging 13.8 points to go along with 6.7 assists and 2.4 rebounds per game this season.

While Smith is a shooting guard, trading for Williams makes sense for the Cavaliers. The Cavs need a backup to superstar point guard Kyrie Irving and Williams could fill the role effectively. Williams could also earn more minutes at point, while Irving will play off the ball like Smith's role.

Role players like DeAndre Liggins could also play bigger roles in the coming months. As superstar LeBron James said, all players should be ready to contribute if their numbers are called.

"Obviously it's going to be a while until we get J.R. back, so it's next man up," James said. "And guys have to fill in, guys have to fill in and play their role."

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