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Lakers sign F Shawne Williams
- Updated: September 4, 2013
The terms of the agreement were not released but if Williams does make the roster he will make $1.1 million this upcoming season. It is also unclear how much of William’s contract is guaranteed.
In his six-year career, Williams has played for the Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks, New Jersey Nets, and the Indiana Pacers, who selected him with the 17th overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft out of the University of Memphis. He has appeared in 215 games, which include 23 starts and over his career he has averaged 5.7 points and 2.8 rebounds in 16.4 minutes per game.
In February 2012, he suffered a foot injury that forced him to miss the remainder of the season and since then has not played in a game in the NBA. The following month he was traded by the Nets to the Portland Trail Blazers, who shortly after waived him.
The signing of the 27-year-old also marks his reunion with head coach Mike D’Antoni, who he played under with the Knicks during the 2010-11 season where had his most productive season averaging career highs in points (7.1), rebounds (3.7), 3-point percentage (.401), minutes (20.7), and starts (11).
Williams is a versatile player at 6-fo0t-9 with the ability to play either forward position, shoot from the outside and should fit in smoothly as a stretch forward in D’Antoni’s offense.
The Lakers currently have 13 players under contract and when training camp begins in late September are expected to bring in somewhere between 16 to 20 players.
Los Angeles has also had reported interest in several other free agent players such as Marcus Landry, Louis Amundson, Gary Forbes, Pete Mickeal, Nick Minnerath, Sebastian Telfair, recently released Michael Beasley and have yet to sign their 2013 second round selection Ryan Kelly, who is still rehabbing from foot surgery he underwent in April.
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