The Cavaliers released forward Jawad Williams today, two weeks before his contract would have been guaranteed for the rest of the season. They also assigned Samardo Samuels to Erie of the NBA Development League.
Williams' release, which was expected, frees up a roster spot for future moves. His deal, worth about $1 million, was not guaranteed as long as he was released before Jan. 10. The Cavs continue to be active in trade talks around the league, but nothing seems imminent at the moment. They continue to dangle their $14.5 million trade exception to try and facilitate deals around the league while seeking draft picks in return.
Samuels, an undrafted rookie, has appeared in just four games this season. He needs playing time and the BayHawks have four games in the next five nights. He will join Christian Eyenga, who is already on assignment at Erie. But Eyenga and Samuels still count on the Cavs' roster, leaving them with just the one open spot created by Williams' release.
Williams, the local product from St. Ed's, appeared in 26 games and made one start this season. He averaged 4.0 points and 1.8 rebounds in 15 minutes and had one of his best performances of the season in Sunday's loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Williams tied his career high with three 3-pointers and scored nine points, all in the second half.