For a team over the luxury tax line with limited salary cap flexibility and for a team in need of a proven playmaker, the Cleveland Cavaliers could not have done any better than reaching a deal with veteran point guard Deron Williams.
The Cavaliers get another starter who will come off the bench, giving the Cavs the depth they need and want in the backcourt. The Cavs get a guard who can manage the offense, run plays, set up others for shots while not worry about scoring. But Williams can do that, too, when necessary. He has multiple games with 20 points or more this season.
And the Cavs get him at the most affordable price – the veteran’s minimum. Williams will cost the Cavs just over $900,000 in salary and luxury tax payments. While they’re adding to the luxury tax bill, it’s not a financial hardship.
This season, Williams, 32, is averaging 13.1 points and 6.9 assists and shooting 34.8% on three-pointers in 40 games for the Dallas Mavericks, who waived him on Thursday. He cleared waivers on…