Cavs Notes: Williams will retire, after all
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- Less than a week after Mo Williams announced his return, the Cavaliers said he's not coming back.
That's the word from Cavs general manager David Griffin at the team's media day Monday.
Griffin began his season-opening press conference by saying Williams' representatives contacted the Cavs to declare that Williams will retire.
Williams, 33, apparently had been thinking about quitting for most of the summer. But he appeared to bring an end to the speculation last week, when he posted the following to his Twitter account:
“Coming back. #onemoreyear.”
Williams is a 6-foot-1 point guard and just completed his 13th season. He has played for six teams and also ran with the Cavs from 2008-11.
He replaced Matthew Dellavedova as Kyrie Irving’s primary backup late in the playoffs, but now both Williams and Dellavedova are gone. Dellavedova was move to Milwaukee in a sign-and-trade deal in July.
Neither Griffin nor Cavs coach Tyronn Lue would elaborate on Williams' retirement. Griffin did say the Cavs are "comfortable" with their point guard situation.
Other than Irving, Griffin cited the fact LeBron James often handles the ball and sets up the offense. Rookie point guard Kay Felder will also get an opportunity for minutes, Griffin said.
Williams will forfeit his $2.2 million salary for the season. That money will also come off the Cavs' books and not count toward the salary cap.
He played 41 games last season, his first year of his second stint with the NBA champion Cavs.
Williams averaged 8.2 points and 2.4 assists in 41 games, a bothersome knee limiting his minutes and effectiveness for most of the season’s second half.
The Cavs begin defense of their title Tuesday with the opening of training camp.
"I'm looking forward to seeing the banner go up: 2015-16 champions," James said. "It means a lot."
Unrestricted free agent shooting guard J.R. Smith remains unsigned.
Griffin did say the team has been in contact with Smith and has made "an aggressive offer." Other than that, Griffin would only say he is hopeful Smith will sign and join the team soon.
The Cavs will practice once Tuesday, twice Wednesday, once Thursday and twice again Friday.
They are scheduled for an off day Saturday.
The free Wine & Gold Scrimmage will be held Sunday at Quicken Loans Arena at 3:30 p.m. It will be streamed live at cavs.com/live.
CALIPARI ON LIGGINS
Kentucky coach John Calipari spoke with Amico Hoops about former pupil DeAndre Liggins, now in camp with the Cavs.
In case you missed it, here's what Coach Cal had to say.