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Report: As expected, Heat to waive Derrick Williams to make room for Okaro White

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MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 11: Derrick Williams #22 of the Miami Heat brings the ball up during a preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets at American Airlines Arena on October 11, 2016 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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It’s not this simple, but the Heat are 10-0 since Okaro White joined the roster. But White has earned the trust of coach Eric Spoelstra, who is now giving the Florida State forward regular fourth quarter minutes now.

The Heat were not going to let him go with his 10-day contract up, the only question was how they would create the roster spot to sign him. As had been expected as the most logical course of action, Derrick Williams is on his way out, reports Shams Charania of The Vertical on Yahoo Sports.

Williams was out of the rotation anyway, mostly because his defense is an issue. The former No. 2 pick back in 2011 brings some offensive skills to the table, he can drive and score in the paint, he can knock down corner threes, but his offensive game is inconsistent. And again, the defense isn’t good. Pat Riley tried hard to trade Williams, but there were no takers.

A team can claim him (and a team looking to get closer to the salary floor might), but don’t bet on a team like the Cavaliers doing it, as noted by Bobby Marks of The Vertical.