Report: Cavaliers to sign Mo Williams
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Report: Cavaliers to sign Mo Williams
Tuesday July 7th, 2015

The Cleveland Cavaliers and former Charlotte Hornets guard Mo Williams have agreed to a two-year, $4.3 million contract, according to a report from Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski. The deal has a player option.

Williams tweeted Monday night that he's "coming home," referencing a return to the city where he and Cavs' star LeBron James played together from 2008-9 to the 2010-11 seasons.

Williams was reportedly thinking about signing with the San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks and New Orleans Pelicans before opting to reunite with James

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During the 2014-15, Williams split time between the Hornets and the Minnesota Timberwolves, who traded him to Charlotte in exchange for guard Gary Neal. Over 68 combined games with the two teams, Williams averaged 14.2 points per game. 

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The Cavaliers' signing of Williams comes after the team re-signed star forward Kevin Love, forward Tristan Thompson and swingman Iman Shumpert.

The team remains intent on re-signing restricted free agent point guard Matthew Dellavedova, ESPN's Marc Stein reports

Then there's James himself, who is expected to re-sign with team at some point this off-season. Regardless of how the Cavaliers' roster shakes out, one thing is for certain: James and Williams have a certain on-court chemistry that is hard to match.

Analysis: Should Kyrie Irving again miss time to injury, the Cavs’ offense will be better prepared to cope thanks to Williams. Even teams with multiple stars can benefit from shot-creating role players. Williams is effective in that regard so long as is he isn’t left entirely to his own devices; the run of Mo Williams, Starter tends to play out very differently than that of Mo Williams, Reserve. LeBron James and Kevin Love are a perfect counterbalance—versatile forwards who will allow Williams to contribute plenty without overstepping.

That’s a nice luxury to have. Even when spelling Irving for mere minutes at a time, Williams gives the Cavs a more commanding offensive player at the point than they would otherwise have in Dellavedova. Williams’ defense is another matter entirely, though Cleveland has likely solidified enough on that end by this point to account for most of Williams’ deficiencies. 

Grade: B

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