D-Will to Cavs Highlights Waiver Signings
Following an entertaining NBA Trade Deadline, a few teams followed through with some roster trimming. Most notably, players like Andrew Bogut, Deron Williams, and Jose Calderon saw themselves get bought out by their teams and all three have now cleared waivers and are set to join new franchises.
Not a moment too late as there are already rumours that the Cleveland Cavaliers have finally found the playmaker LeBron James has been looking for. While according to NBA rules players cannot sign until Monday, Williams has already notified the Cavaliers that he intends to sign with them tomorrow. The former star point guard has averaged 13.1-points and 6.8-assists all while shooting 43% for the Dallas Mavericks this season.
Although no longer the guy he was with the Utah Jazz or even the Brooklyn Nets, Williams is shooting 34.8% from three-point range and will slot nicely behind Kyrie Irving.
Other rumours around the league include Calderon. The former Raptor point guard was bought out by the Lakers and intends to sign with the Golden State Warriors becoming their third string floor general. The 35-year old will replace guard Briante Webber who has signed a second 10-day contract. The Warriors are going to let go of a superior defender in Webber for a guard who can move the ball and make a few shots from outside the arc, but will likely not play any non-garbage time minutes come playoff time.
In 24-games with the Lakers, Calderon has averaged 3.3-points, and 2.1-assists on 35.3% shooting from three-point range. He also hasn’t missed a single free-throw this year (4/4).
Lastly, some news have been circulating around Australian big man Andrew Bogut. Traded from the Mavericks to the Philadelphia 76ers, he was immediately bought out by the franchise and has successfully cleared waivers. Marc Stein of ESPN has reported that the San Antonio Spurs, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Boston Celtics, and the Houston Rockets are all eying the veteran rim protector.
In his 11th season, Bogut has averaged 3.0-points, 8.3-rebounds, and a block per game.