The Miami Heat are reported to have interest in free agent Derrick Williams according to Ian Begley. As Pat Riley begins the reconstruction of the roster in the wake of Heat legend Dwyane Wade deciding to join the Chicago Bulls, this is the first outside name to surface.
Miami is one of the teams that has expressed in free agent forward Derrick Williams, according to sources.— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) July 8, 2016
Miami signed Rodney McGruder yesterday to a contract, but they have had their eyes and hands on him for some time. Williams was renounced by the New York Knicks in order for them to make room for Joakim Noah. Now, a free agent, Williams would be an interesting addition for the Heat.
A five year pro out of Arizona, Williams was once the second overall pick in the NBA Draft in 2011. He has obviously never lived up to the hype and expectations of that, but still a serviceable rotation player. At 6'8, Williams has the size to help with the absence of now-departed Luol Deng and Joe Johnson and maybe as well as Gerald Green and Udonis Haslem in the front court.
Last year, he averaged 9.3 PPG off the bench for the Knicks. One downfall of his talent is that he shot 29% from three-point land last year. That's a skill the Heat really need to help space the floor for Dragic. And Williams doesn't provide that consistently.
Miami will likely be linked to many names as they search to fill out their roster. It's a timely manner as well considering the upcoming decision on Tyler Johnson. If the Heat can agree to fill the cap before they match (if they do) Johnson's contract, then they can go over the cap. Right now, he has a $1.2 million cap hit, but once they sign him, it will be $5.6 million.
Williams clearly has interest from other teams as well.