Reason No. 3: Fits positional need
Signing someone like Grant Williams makes a ton of sense, because he also fills a positional need and solves some issues in other areas. The Cavaliers need more two-way players and Williams obviously fits that need as somebody who is a terrific defender and is someone who is a really good shooter as well, which is something the Cavs need.
If the Cavs are able to get a Finney-Smith or Royce O’Neale, they can do a number of things with Williams. Williams is a 3-and-D guy who can play both sides of the ball, but the Cavs also need someone more reliable who can play backup minutes at the 4 and Williams is capable of playing the 3 and the 4. I don’t think the Cavs will trade Allen this year, but finding someone more reliable that can play backup minutes at the 4 would solve some issues, too.
Williams would not be the most important target if we’re considering trades, because finding a true, natural small forward is the most important thing for the Cavaliers this offseason and Williams is more of a 3/4. Having said that, Williams definitely should be the number one option in terms of guys you can get potentially sign with the MLE, which is a pretty valuable chip for the Cavs.
Depending on what Boston does with Jaylen Brown, it’s going to be really hard for the Celtics to keep Williams if they give Brown the supermax, considering how restrictive the second apron of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) is. Even if the Cavs need to do a sign-and-trade, they should consider doing so for Williams.
All in all, signing Williams with the MLE would be a home run for the Cavs.