Cleveland Cavaliers News: LeBron James Hopes Derrick Williams Stays

By Nikko Villanueva, Posted: 02/13/17 04:44AM EST
Cleveland Cavaliers Forward LeBron James
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James is hoping that Derrick Williams will be signing a long-term deal soon. (Photo : YouTube/ FOX Sports Ohio)

In the latest Cleveland Cavaliers news, LeBron James recently expressed his desire to have Derrick Williams around for a long time. A few days ago, Williams signed a 10-day contract with the team and in just two games is making the most out of the minutes being given to him by Coach Tyronn Lue. 

According to ESPN, after the Cavaliers' 125-109 win Saturday over the Denver Nuggets, James shared his thoughts about Williams. The franchise superstar stated, "We hope that this is a long-term thing. Obviously, we know that he's on a 10-day contract, but we believe it's going to be long-term."

James also spoke about Williams growing with him and the Cavaliers. He emphasized that their new teammate is only 25 years old and is just scratching the surface. Cleveland is already Williams' fifth team since being selected second overall in the 2011 NBA Draft. 

Williams' debut with the Cavs was in a road defeat (118-109) to the Oklahoma City Thunder Thursday. He was on the floor for 22 minutes, tallying 12 points and a rebound. His second was in the home win (125-109) over the Nuggets where he recorded seven points and one rebound in 21 minutes of action.

In ESPN's report, Williams sounded excited following his first home game at the Quicken Loans Arena. He loved the "atmosphere," but never forgets his goal which is helping the team win. The 25-year-old is doing just that with his role as a part of the Cavaliers' deadly second unit which has size, athleticism, and outside shooting. 

It is uncertain if the addition of Williams is the last roster move for the Cavs this season. The February 23 deadline is approaching and so far there are no players being linked to them. The reigning champions have bounced back after a terrible January and are 5-1 this February. 

 



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