Heat waiving Derrick Williams, signing Okaro White to two-year deal

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In an effort to create a roster spot for Okaro White, the Miami Heat are releasing forward Derrick Williams, as reported by The Vertical.

The reason for the move was that the injured player's exception that had allowed the Heat to carry a 16th player on their roster expired on Sunday.

Williams had been signed by the Heat for one year at $5 million.

The Heat explored trading Williams in recent days but was unable to find a taker.

The Heat have not lost since White joined the team, winning all 10 games in which he has been in uniform.

But there were might be fewer minutes available with last week's return of Tyler Johnson from a shoulder injury and the eventual return of guard Josh Richardson from a foot injury. Williams has played a total of 16 minutes since January 8 and was passed on the depth chart by Okaro White. White is now 24 years old and is getting his first taste of the National Basketball Association after four years at Florida State.

Williams, who was originally signed as a free agent by the HEAT on July 10, appeared in 25 games (11 starts) with Miami this season and averaged 5.9 points, 2.9 rebounds and 15.1 minutes while shooting 39.4 percent from the field. Goran Dragic compared his skills to Shane Battier's.

He was selected as the Greek Basketball Player of the Year and named to the All-Greek A1 League First Team, All-Defensive Team and All-Imports teams.

Miami, which has won 10 consecutive games, visits Minnesota on Monday and is two games from the eighth seed in the Eastern Conterence with a 21-30 record.

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