The Los Angeles Lakers have been one of the hottest teams in the league after winning six out of their first seven games since the All-Star break. Their winning ways have ramped up their potential push to contend for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
In the last few days, Los Angeles has made some subtle changes to their roster that resulted in the departure of veteran forward Corey Brewer, who was quickly scooped up by the Oklahoma City Thunder. According to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports, the Lakers may have found his replacement in the rotation with seventh-year forward Derrick Williams on a 10-day contract.
The Lakers plan to sign forward Derrick Williams to a 10-day contract today, league sources tell Yahoo. Williams, the former No. 2 overall pick, played in China this season.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 9, 2018
Williams has spent this season playing overseas in China with the Tianjin Ronggang Gold Lions in the Chinese Basketball Association where averaged 20.0 points and 6.6 rebounds. He had spent last season with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat where he averaged 6.1 and 2.6 rebounds in 16.1 minutes per contest in 50 games played with 11 starts.
Williams had finished last season with the Cavaliers after being acquired prior to the trade deadline where he played in 25 games and averaged 6.2 points on 50.5 percent shooting from the field and 40.4 percent from 3-point range in 17.1 minutes per game.
Williams has struggled to live up to the lofty expectations that come with being a former second overall selection by the Minnesota Timberwolves. He is averaging just 8.9 points and 4.0 rebounds for his career after having played for the Timberwolves, Heat, Cavaliers, and Sacramento Kings prior to joining the Lakers.
That said, the 26-year-old could be a valued asset off the bench with his ability to stretch the floor. He has a chance to etch a consistent role at power forward and will be competing for time with Travis Wear as the third player at that position in the rotation behind Julius Randle and Kyle Kuzma. Williams could get his first action with the team on Friday night when the Lakers take on Denver Nuggets or possibly Sunday against one of his former teams in the Cavaliers.