CLEVELAND -- The Cavaliers picked up the reliable backup point guard they have been missing all season by signing Deron Williams on Monday.
"At the end of the day, I just felt like this was the best fit for me," Williams said, speaking to reporters in the hallway outside the Cavs' locker room shortly before Cleveland hosted the Milwaukee Bucks. "It was a team that showed interest in the offseason in signing me and one -- I think my name was thrown around all season and so I know a lot of the guys on the team, you know playing with LeBron [James] in the Olympics.
"I played with Kyle [Korver], and he's one of my good friends and we still talk. I just feel like I'll be comfortable here. I'll have a significant role here, with the need for a backup for Kyrie [Irving] and also being able to play with Kyrie. We get a chance to play together and of course competing for a championship is something that I haven't had a chance to do."
Williams, who considered signing with Cleveland in the summer of 2015 before choosing Dallas, was waived by his hometown Mavericks over the weekend, opening the door for him to fill the void in the Cavs' rotation created when Matthew Dellavedova signed with Milwaukee.
Williams, who did not play in Monday night's 102-95 victory over the Bucks, signed for the rest of the season for the veterans minimum, which will cost the Cavaliers $900,000 in salary and luxury tax.
"It was kind of an easy decision for me, I think," said Williams, who averaged 13.1 points, 6.9 assists and 2.6 rebounds for the Mavs this season. "I definitely looked at a couple other teams. But once Dallas informed me they kind of wanted to go in a different direction, the Cavs were the first team that jumped out at me. A lot of times you overthink things. I kind of went with my first thought."
A three-time All-Star and two-time Olympic gold medalist whose deepest playoff run previously was reaching the 2007 Western Conference finals with the Utah Jazz, now joins a Cavs team trying to reach its third straight NBA Finals.
"Being with [James] in those two Olympics and seeing him work every day and lead every day, it was definitely someone that I wanted to team up and play with," Williams said. "He just brings so much to the table, not just on the court. He's obviously the best player in the game, but his leadership and his intensity he brings every night and just his passion for the game is contagious."
James returned the admiration, saying after Monday's game that Williams brings "automatic leadership. He's run a franchise, multiple franchises before, so you know he knows how to run a ballclub. He's played in big games before so you know he won't shy away in the moment. And he can knock down shots and he can play-make."
Williams is the Cavs' third significant acquisition since January, joining Korver and swingman Derrick Williams as new faces on the roster as Cleveland tries to load up for a repeat title run. A fourth could be on the way, as Philadelphia waived center Andrew Bogut on Monday and ESPN's Marc Stein and Tim MacMahon report there is mutual interest between Bogut and the Cavs.
Williams, with the ink barely dry on his Cavs contract, had already begun recruiting Bogut to Cleveland.
"We've been in contact," Williams said of Bogut with a smile.
If the Cavs were to acquire Bogut, they would need to waive a player to create an open roster spot, with guard Jordan McRae being a likely candidate.
Williams will wear No. 31 for the Cavs, which was the first number he wore in high school.
Perhaps the only drawback to the Williams signing is the confusion it could cause in the Cavs' locker room, as both he and Derrick Williams go by the nickname "D-Will."
"We just talked about that," Deron Williams said. "I don't know. That's going to be tough. Two D-Wills. You can call me whatever, Deron, D, whatever."
Derrick Williams deferred to the more accomplished of the two D-Wills.
"He's older than me, so that's his nickname," Derrick Williams said. "I had like 16 nicknames with the Knicks, so it really doesn't matter -- D-Willy, Swilly, all types of names that rhymed with D-Will."