Apparently, John "Hot Rod" Williams doesn't want to be a Cleveland Cavalier. First, he signed an offer sheet with the Miami Heat, which Cleveland matched. Now he is headed to Seattle to talk to the SuperSonics about a trade.
"Money has nothing to do with this. I want to be settled somewhere and know I can play where they want me," Williams told the Tacoma (Wash.) Morning News Tribune before leaving his New Orleans home. "To play up front with the Sonics sounds like fun."
Williams, 28, a former Tulane star, averaged 16.8 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.0 blocks last year for the Cavaliers. The 6-foot-11, 230-pound forward played in all 82 games, extending his streak to 241 consecutive games.
He signed a seven-year, $26.5 million offer sheet with the Miami Heat that was matched by the Cavaliers last month. "I never thought they'd match it," he said. "We were ready to move to Miami. Then the Cavs matched it and we moved to Akron," 40 miles south of Cleveland.
"If they didn't want me, they shouldn't have matched it. I just want to play somewhere where I know I'm wanted and I can make a home for my family. That's why we're coming to Seattle."
The SuperSonics reportedly have offered Nate McMillan and Xavier McDaniel for Williams. Seattle and Cleveland club officials declined to comment on the matter or confirm Williams was visiting Seattle. . . .
The Atlanta Hawks have extended the contract of forward Kevin Willis for four years at an estimated $2 million a year, starting in 1992, the Atlanta Constitution reported.
Willis has never played out a contract with the Hawks, who drafted him in 1984. For the first time, there is language in the agreement, which runs through 1996, prohibiting renegotiation.