Jawad Williams Rumors

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The Cavaliers are playing a waiting game with restricted free agent forward Jawad Williams. They made a $1.03 million qualifying offer to the 6-foot-9, 218-pounder at the end of June. Unless Williams gets a better offer from another team, he’ll likely accept the qualifying offer. Cavs general manager Chris Grant is hoping to add Williams to the roster. He could become the starting small forward. If nothing else, Williams will compete for playing time with Jamario Moon and newcomer Joey Graham. “We like Jawad,” Grant said. “We’ll get into training camp and see what happens. We have a qualifying offer out to him. I haven’t heard one way or the other. Obviously, we’d like him to come to camp and compete and make his mark on being part of the team.”
The Spurs’ new vice-president of basketball operations, Danny Ferry, is well familiar with Williams, whom he signed when he was the Cavs’ general manager. Gardner, a 6-5 swing man, played the past two seasons in Belgium. He played collegiately at Missouri and had one brief NBA stint, signing a 10-day contract with the Chicago Bulls late in the 2006-07 season. “We’re going to be looking at a lot of guys over the next few weeks,” Spurs general manager R.C. Buford said. “Eventually, we’ll decide on the players we want to bring to camp.”
As of today, the team’s qualifying offer of $1.03 million to Williams is binding. What that means is they can’t take it back. Which is fine, they don’t want to. As a restricted free agent, unless Williams finds a team to sign him to an offer sheet, he will likely accept that one-year deal and return. He may wait awhile until things play out, but ultimately he’ll very likely be a Cav next season.
James has already recruited Zydrunas Ilgauskas and former Cavs trainer Mike Mancias to Miami. His latest attempt, a source said, is to bring athletic forward Jawad Williams. He’s a restricted free agent after averaging 4.1 points and 1.5 rebounds in 54 games last season. The Cavs are believed to be interested in re-signing Williams and can match contract offers to him.