Projecting the Timberwolves rotation in 2014-15
SEP 5, 2:18p ET | Phil Ervin
Rotowire: Jun 19 / 2:01p ET
News: Williams is "more than interested" in making a return to Cleveland, Northeast Ohio Media Group reports.
Impact: Williams, who will be an unrestricted free agent come July 1, is apparently open to reuniting with LeBron James in Cleveland, where he played from 2008-10. The 32-year-old split last season between the Timberwolves and Hornets, averaging 12.2 points per game for Minnesota and 17.2 for Charlotte. While he's not the player he was five years ago, Williams remains a very serviceable point guard and would be a near-ideal option off the bench behind Kyrie Irving. However, Williams will likely seek a multi-year commitment, and the Cavaliers may not be in a position to be able to offer more than the taxpayer MLE or veteran's minimum. Ultimately, it may come down to whether Williams would be willing to sign on with the favorite in the East at a discount.
Rotowire: May 27 / 3:08p ET
News: Williams was traded from the Timberwolves to the Hornets at the trade deadline in February and became an instant starter at point guard for Charlotte with Kemba Walker out with a knee injury. Williams had an up-and-down stint with Minnesota, but really started playing consistently well once he was with the Hornets and finished the season with averages of 14.2 points, 2.6 rebounds and 6.2 assists in 29 minutes in his 12th NBA season.
Impact: Williams never really had a streak with the Timberwolves where he was playing consistently well. Rather, he would have spurts where he would have big games followed by disappointing outings. His role was also never clearly defined with Ricky Rubio going in and out of the lineup with injuries while rookie Zach LaVine occasionally got time as the starting point guard. He did, however, record eight double-doubles in Minnesota and even went off for 52 points in a January game against the Pacers. It was when Williams was traded to the Hornets where he really broke out. In a ten-game stretch where Walker was still out and Williams was the starter, he averaged 21.4 points and 8.5 assists in 35 minutes while leading the team to five straight wins at one point. He was playing as one of the best point guards in the league at the time, but saw a minutes reduction once Walker returned from injury. Now, at 32 years old, Williams will enter the offseason as a free agent once again, but his stint with Charlotte should show NBA teams that he still has something left in the tank. He should be see as someone who serve as a reliable starting point guard and a very good backup at worst.