Cavs sign Willams, hope to reel in Bogut next

Sam Amico

CLEVELAND -- Deron Williams is officially a member of the Cavaliers and he's hoping the same will soon be true of Andrew Bogut.

The Cavs announced the addition of Williams on Monday. Williams announced that he's "been in contact" with Bogut on Monday, too.

In case you're not aware, Williams was waived by the Dallas Mavericks last week. Bogut was traded by the Mavericks to Philadelphia 76ers -- who waived him Monday.

Each is 32 years old. Williams a playmaking point guard, Bogut a rim-protecting center.

The Cavs wanted Williams and got him. They also want Bogut, and while there are no guarantees, the defending world champion Cavs are said to be the frontrunners to sign him.

But several reports say the Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs and Boston Celtics are also in the mix.

Williams refused to say anything beyond the fact the he's been in touch with Bogut. He did say it with a smile, though -- making it seem as if the recruiting pitch is already in motion.

For now, the Cavs are just thrilled to have Williams.

He is the type of playmaking veteran they had hoped to land all season -- the quintessential floor leader who can fill in behind Kyrie Irving, as well as help relieve Irving and LeBron James in their quest to keep the ball moving.

"“At the end of the day I felt like this was the best team for me," Williams said. "I felt like I would have a significant role here."

Williams is the former No. 3 overall draft pick (2005) and averaged 13.1 points and 6.9 assists in 40 games with Dallas this season.

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said he is hopeful Williams will be ready to suit up and play Wednesday at Boston.

Williams becomes the third key piece added by Cavs general manager David Griffin since January, joining sharpshooter Kyle Korver and energy man Derrick Williams.

Will Bogut be next?

His decision is expected sometime Tuesday. And if he chooses the Cavs, you can be sure Deron Williams' presence will have had something to do with it.