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Report: Mo Williams signing with Cavaliers for most of their MLE

Mo Williams, Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving

Minnesota Timberwolves’ Mo Williams, center, tries to drive between Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kevin Love, left, and Kyrie Irving during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 125-104. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)


Another summer, another former Cavaliers All-Star returns to Cleveland.

Last year, LeBron James.

This year, Mo Williams.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Williams will get part of the Cavaliers’ $3,376,000 taxpayer mid-level exception. Depending how his deal is structured, they will have between $1,273,311 and$1,176,512 of the MLE remaining. That’s right around a minimum salary (which varies by experience).

So, Williams will be Cleveland’s lone major – used loosely here – outside free agent addition unless someone is willing to take a minimum contract or so.

But the Cavaliers have other chips – most notably Brendan Haywood’s contract. They can still get better.

For now, Williams fills one of the biggest holes on a pretty complete roster. He’ll back up Kyrie Irving and maybe play some off guard if Cleveland wants more minutes for Matthew Dellavedova and/or doesn’t re-sign J.R. Smith. Williams is a scorer first, but he’s also a solid passer. A ball-handler like him was missing off the bench last year.

The Cavaliers didn’t need much. They need even less now.

There’s a reason – beyond the name recognition of LeBron, Irving and Kevin Love – Cleveland is favored to win the 2016 championship.