As we countdown the final six weeks of the regular season, post trade deadline, some teams are still adding pieces to their rosters as their focus shifts to the playoffs. With the likes of Deron Williams, Andrew Bogut, and Jose Calderon all coming off waivers today, lets take a look at which teams are making moves to sign these free agents.
It was reported earlier in the week that Deron Williams had his sights set on signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers, and fulfilling their need for a backup point guard. Today it was announced that the signing was official via cleveland.com writer Joe Vardon.
Even though D-Will has only been a shell of himself since his days at Utah, when healthy he is still a good player with a healthy IQ for the game, which is why Cleveland will benefit from landing him on veterans minimum. Williams still shows flashes of his old-self every now and then, and holds his own out there on the floor. This season he is averaging 13.1ppg, 2.6rpg, & 6.9apg which is the kind of production and facilitation that the Cavaliers would benefit from greatly coming off their bench.
It was also reported that Cleveland are front runners to also land Andrew Bogut who was traded by Dallas to Philadelphia and is in the process of a buyout. Cavs, Spurs, Rockets, and Celtics are all teams that Bogut plans to choose from pending this buyout.
Bogut will play a huge roll with any team he decides to sign with providing he stays healthy, which we know he hasn't been during the majority of the season. Signing with the Cavaliers seems like safe-bet decision for him if he plans to contend for a Championship. The move wouldn't hurt Cleveland nor would it cost them much of anything. Bogut will give the Cavs some extra rebounding and rim protection in the second unit, as well as create shot opportunities for guys like Channing Frye and Kyle Korver with his exceptional passing.
As for the Dallas Mavericks, they have decided to fill the gaps with a couple dynamic rookies on 10-day contracts, Quinn Cook and Ben Bentil. Cook who was originally drafted by the Cavs, and has spent most of his time in the D-League this season, but he has been making he most of it. Cook was averaging 22.5ppg, 4rpg, & 6apg for the Canton Charge which led him to an All-Star appearance and even won the MVP honours in the All-Star game. This is a kid who knows how to win and what it takes to do so, his NCAA championship is his proof.
Ben Bentil on the other hand has only played 2 season at Providence, but made the improvements from a 6.4 points a game guy on 21.5 minutes, to a 21.1 per game guy on 32.2 minutes. With just 10 extra minutes a game in a single college season his scoring skyrocketed. His numbers actually remind me of how Harrison Barnes stats have been this year, which are primarily point heavy. If he were to continue that kind of aggressive attack for the Mavericks coming off the bench, it would be a huge help considering they don't have much bench production besides Devin Harris and potentially Seth Curry or Dirk, whoever Carlisle decides to be the 6th man once Nerlens Noel makes his debut for Dallas whenever that may be.
Lastly, Jose Calderon cleared waivers from the Los Angeles Lakers earlier today and reportedly has his sights set on signing with the Golden State Warriors.
It is unclear at this stage who the Lakers will sign to fill the void but it has been rumoured that Larry Sanders was spotted in LA earlier today wearing Lakers training gear.