Veteran center signs one-year deal

CLEVELAND -- Veteran center Scott Williams signed a one-year
contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday, giving the team
an experienced big man to back up Zydrunas Ilgauskas on what
remains a relatively young team.

Williams, 36, won three NBA titles with the Chicago Bulls during
a 14-year professional career that has included stops in Dallas,
Phoenix, Philadelphia, Milwaukee and Denver.

The 6-foot-10 Williams played in 43 games last season with
Phoenix and Dallas, averaging 4.6 points and 3.1 rebounds in 12.3

Earlier this month the Cavaliers lost a chance to add Jake Tsakalidis when the Memphis Grizzlies matched Cleveland's three-year offer sheet.

After losing free agent power forward Carlos Boozer in the
offseason, the Cavaliers acquired Drew Gooden in a trade with
Orlando and signed free agent Robert "Tractor" Traylor. The
addition of Williams, who can play power forward and center,
adds to the depth.

"Scott will be a valuable contributor for us on the court and to
our team in the locker room," Cavaliers general manager Jim
Paxson said. "He helps solidify our frontcourt rotation and
gives us another proven winner. His insight and experience will
be a tremendous asset to our team."

Information from The Associated Press and SportsTicker was used in this report.