After reaching a buyout agreement with the Mavericks, Deron set his sights on title contention and it didn’t take long for him to land in The Land, with the defending NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers
After being waived mid-season by the Dallas Mavericks, Deron had plenty of interest from contenders looking for a veteran presence that could help them compete for a championship. Ultimately, Williams decided the best option was to join the Cleveland Cavaliers, who were looking to defend their first NBA championship from 2016.
“At the end of the day, I felt this was the best fit for me. It was a team that showed interest in signing me in the offseason,” Williams said. “And of course, competing for a championship. It’s something I haven’t had a chance to do.”
Williams joined the Cavs because he felt he could play a significant role on the team as a proven veteran in the NBA. In his debut, he scored four points in 24 minutes off the bench just two days after signing with the team.
As the season went along, Williams found his role on the team alongside LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. And on April 10, 2017, D-Will showed he could still fill up the box score by dropping 35 points, nine assists, and seven rebounds against the Miami Heat.
Williams carried that momentum into the playoffs, where he helped the Cavs reach the Finals while coming off the bench. In Game 4 of their first-round sweep of the Indiana Pacers, Williams chipped in with 14 points in just 13 minutes in the four-point series-clinching victory.
The Cavs would go on to sweep the Toronto Raptors in the second rounf before taking on the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals. Williams added four points and six assists in a Game 2 rout to take a commanding 2-0 lead heading back to Cleveland.
In Game 5 against Boston, D-Will tied his playoff season-high of 14 to help the Cavs close out the Celtics and advance to their third straight NBA Finals.
Unfortunately for Deron and his Cavs teammates, they could not overcome the Golden State Warriors, falling in five games. Deron did chip in five points in Game 4 to extend the series one more game, but he could not capture his elusive NBA championship in 2017 in his final NBA season.