Cleveland Cavaliers trade rumors: Cavs interested in Mavs guard

Deron Williams of the Dallas Mavericks. | Wikimedia Commons / Keith Allison

As one of the few teams that actually need new players in their line-up, it appears that the Cleveland Cavaliers are still hoping to add a few pieces to ensure they successfully defend their NBA championship.

At the moment, the Cavaliers have Kyrie Irving as their number one option at the point guard spot, but they are relatively light when it comes to reserves. There are rumors circulating that they are looking at a veteran to try and fill the void.

According to the talks going around, the Cavaliers are looking to acquire Deron Williams of the Dallas Mavericks in a trade that may involve multiple players from the champions.

The Cavaliers are reportedly interested in Williams and have some trade exceptions they can use to bring over the point guard. However, they will have to wait a little longer as Williams will be available mid-December after he signed earlier in the off-season.

Williams was once referred to as the best point guard in the league. Coming into the NBA in 2005, he was picked third overall by the Utah Jazz. In his career, he averages 16.7 points and 8.2 assists per game, but his output has significantly dropped due to injuries.

With the Mavericks, he is currently averaging 12.5 points per game while shooting below 40 percent from the field.

At 32 years old, it is hoped that Williams can maximize his role if he were to move to the Cavaliers as he will play limited minutes behind Irving. This way, Williams can stay relatively healthy and fresh while playing for a contender that could very well give him a ring.

Looking at the money, Williams is set to earn $9 million this year. His contract extends to 2019-20 in which he will earn $5.5 million in the last three years. 

It remains to be seen if this deal with the Cavs and the Mavericks pushes through.