CANTON — It looks like the Cavaliers’ 2010-11 roster will include at least one hometown kid.
Jawad Williams, a restricted free agent and Cleveland native, is expected to sign a one-year deal with the team in time for the start of training camp next week. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that Williams’ agent said a deal is close, and new Cavaliers general manager Chris Grant said Monday that he believes the two sides will get something done “soon.”
Grant spoke to the Hall of Fame Luncheon Club here Monday afternoon. Asked about Williams directly after his entertaining, 45-minute discussion Grant said “Jawad has done a nice job for us. We’re excited about him as a player and person and looking forward to him being part of the group.”
Williams was a rotation player for most of last season, averaging 4.1 points and 13.7 minutes per game. He played in 54 games, starting six, and figures to compete for the starting small forward spot this season.
“I know when we get to training camp we’ll have a good competition there,” Grant said.
Williams, 27, played at Lakewood St. Edward High School and the University of North Carolina. He played in Japan, Israel, Spain and in the D-League before initially catching on with the Cavaliers in April 2009.
The Cavaliers open camp with Media Day Sept. 27 and will hold their first practice the following day.
Grant didn’t seem concerned about any lingering effects from the ankle injury that limited Anderson Varejao’s participation with Brazil for a part of the recently-completed world championships.
“We watched and we liked what we saw,” Grant said. “We were proud of him. He did a wonderful job.”