Wiliams (knee) was released by the Warriors on Thursday, Chris Haynes of ESPN.com reports. After being signed by the Warriors in early-August, it was widely believed that Williams could be more than just a training camp body. However, he was forced to undergo a knee scope, which kept him off the floor during the preseason and ultimately gave him little shot of sticking on the regular season roster. Once healthy, he'll likely start the season the NBA D-League and could join the Warriors' D-League affiliate, the Santa Cruz Warriors.
Williams had a knee scope late in the summer and is currently a couple weeks away from a return, Anthony Slater of The Oklahoman reports. It was likely a clean-up procedure for Williams, who's been unable to join the Warriors for the start of the preseason. If he does end up sitting out for another couple weeks, Williams will likely only have a few preseason games to prove his worth to the coaching staff. He's currently on a partially guaranteed contract and isn't a lock to make the final regular season roster, so this latest injury could hurt his chances.
Williams signed a partially guarenteed one-year deal with the Warriors on Monday, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports. Williams has played just 18 games over the past three season for three different squads including five games for the Grizzlies last season. The 27-year-old guard will provide depth for the Warriors, but it is very unlikely he cracks the rotation at any point.
Williams signed a contract with Panathinaikos of Greece on Tuesday, Sportando reports. Williams previously appeared in five games for the Grizzlies this season, producing averages of 1.6 points and 0.8 assists in 9.2 minutes before he was released from his 10-day contract in January. He had since returned back to the D-League, where he was one of the circuit's leading scorers, but he'll now pursue a more lucrative payday in Europe. Look for Williams to return to the United States after the season with the hope of earning an invite to an NBA training camp in 2016-17.
Williams has reached the end of his 10-day deal with the Grizzlies, and the team will not re-sign him, Marc Stein of ESPN reports. Williams appeared in five games, tallying just eight total points in roughly 45 minutes of action. The former Duke standout will likely return to the D-League, where he's averaging 28.1 points and 5.8 assists in 16 games this season, in hopes of piquing another team's interest.
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