Williams is expected to sign a contract with Russian team PBC Lokomotiv Kuban, Lithuanian basketball journalist Donatas Urbonas reports.
After Brooklyn renounced its rights to Williams earlier this month, the center was believed to have agreed to a contract with Shaanxi Xinda of the Chinese National Basketball League, per Asia-Basket.com. That deal apparently fell though, as Williams is now poised to take his talents to Eastern Europe in the VTB United League. Williams' deal likely contains an opt-out clause that would allow him to pursue any opportunities in the NBA that might arise at a later time. Williams saw most of his action in 2018-19 at the G League level but appeared in five games for the Nets, averaging 3.6 points and 3.8 boards in 5.2 minutes.
Williams piled on 15 points (6-16 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 20 rebounds, four blocks, two assists and one steal in the 108-106 G League Conference Finals win over Lakeland on Tuesday.
Williams and fellow big man Thomas Wimbush dominated the glass, each finishing the pivotal win with double-doubles. Williams played in 41 games with Long Island this season, averaging 19.8 points, 12.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 0.9 blocks in 27.0 minutes per game.
Williams played six minutes in Monday's 113-94 loss to the Bucks and contributed two points (1-3 FG) and six rebounds.
Brooklyn was missing five players due to injury in the contest, so Williams was summoned from the G League's Long Island Nets to offer some emergency depth off the bench. Despite the extensive absences, Williams still only saw run in garbage time. It's just the third NBA appearance of the season for the two-way center, who should be headed back to Long Island in short order.
Williams contributed eight points (3-4 FG, 2-4 FT), eight rebounds, and two assists in nine minutes during Friday's 122-105 loss to the Raptors.
Williams had the lowest minute total among the 12 Nets who saw the floor in this one. However, he nearly managed a double-double in this his first appearance of the season. The absences of Jared Dudley (hamstring) and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (groin) may explain why Williams was called upon, but he made the most of his playing time, and coach Kenny Atkinson is known for relying on a deep rotation.
Williams, amidst complications finalizing a contract in the Chinese Basketball Association, will re-sign with the Nets on a two-way contract, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Things will move quickly, as Williams is expected to be dressed for Friday's game against the Raptors. The center was originally released by Brooklyn after seeing an extremely minimal role, and it appeared it would be looking for greener pastures. However, he's back where he started after things fell through with the Chinese team he was discussing a potential contract with.
Williams was waived by the Nets on Wednesday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Williams did not appear in any games for the Nets and instead spent most of his time with the team's G League affiliate. He asked to be waived in order to sign a deal with a Chinese team.
Williams tallied 28 points (11-23 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 5-6 FT), 21 rebounds and three assists in the 126-120 win over the Herd on Friday.
That's Williams second 20-plus rebounding outing in December, as the center registered 27 in the category against the Red Claws two weeks ago. Easily one of the most dominant players at his position in the G League, Williams has outplayed his opposition to the point where he seems like a strong candidate to join his NBA affiliate at some point down the road.
Williams banged out 19 points (7-19 FG, 5-7 FT), 27 rebounds, three assists and zero turnovers across 29 minutes in Sunday's 110-101 home loss to the Red Claws.
Yes, you read that correctly, Williams had 27 rebounds. The Red Claws started (as usual) 6'7" Dallas Lauderdale at center, but quickly subbed in the bigger John Bohannon. It didn't matter, as Williams dominated the glass throughout the game. As you probably guessed, 27 boards is a season who for the big center. Williams had back-to-back 18 rebound games in late November.
Williams (ankle) finished Friday's win with 18 points (7-13 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 4-4 FT), seven rebounds and an assist.
Williams only played 22 minutes, but that was more because the center stumbled into foul trouble early, eventually fouling out in the fourth quarter. A near automatic double-double when healthy, Williams will get at least a day to rest an ankle injury that kept him out of Thursday's contest.
Williams (ankle) did not play in Thursday's loss to the Charge.
It's a troubling injury given Williams has put together a magnificent season to date, averaging 20.1 points and 13.9 rebounds in 25.2 minutes over nine games. The two-way player will likely be out a couple of games, but without an official timeline, there's always the possibility he could return for either of Long Island's two contests (Friday and Sunday) to end the week.
Williams scored 28 points and tallied 19 rebounds to go along with two assists and a block in the win Tuesday against the Swarm.
Williams was a monster Tuesday, out-rebounding and out-scoring his opposite number throughout the evening. The two-way player hasn't done much at the NBA level yet this season, but he's a dominant force in the G League on any given night.
Williams (ankle) is not on the injury report for Friday's game against the Pelicans, Brian Lewis of the New York Post reports.
Williams has yet to make his season debut while recovering from an ankle injury, though it appears he could be available Friday. An official confirmation could arrive following morning shootaround.
Williams (ankle) is out again for Saturday's contest versus the Pacers, Bryan Fonseca of Nets Daily reports.
Williams sprained his ankle during the preseason and has yet to participate in any regular season action. Consider him day-to-day going forward with his next opportunity to suit up being Wednesday versus the Cavs.
Williams (ankle) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Knicks, Brian Lewis of the New York Post reports.
Williams is still working through a sprained left ankle he dealt with during the preseason. With the Nets playing a back-to-back set Friday and Saturday, chances are the big man may not be able to make a return until at least next week.
Williams (ankle) has been ruled out for Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Pistons, Michael Scotto of The Athletic reports.
Williams dealt with a sprained ankle throughout the preseason and is apparently still working through some discomfort. He'll sit out Wednesday's opener and there's a possibility he misses more time moving forward depending on his ability to increase his activity later this week. Still, Williams is on a two-way contract and isn't expected to be fantasy relevant this season even when he's healthy.
Williams (ankle) is not on the injury report ahead of Friday's preseason finale against the Knicks, Greg Logan of Newsday reports.
Williams has been sidelined with a twisted ankle, but it appears he's healthy enough to take the court Friday. He's expected to be a depth option at center for the Nets this season.
Williams (ankle) will be sidelined for Wednesday's preseason matchup against the Raptors, Brian Lewis of the New York Post reports.
Williams hasn't taken the floor during preseason, which won't change Wednesday. His status for opening night is unclear at this point.
Williams (ankle) will remain out for Monday's preseason tilt with the Pistons, Brian Lewis of the New York Post reports.
Williams has yet to see the court this preseason, as he's still working back from a sprained left ankle. With just two more games left on the exhibition slate, it's unclear if Williams will be healthy enough to log any action prior the regular season. Either way, his next shot to get on the court will be Wednesday against the Raptors.
Williams (ankle) has been ruled out for Wednesday's preseason opener against the Knicks, Brian Lewis of the New York Post reports.
Williams has been dealing with a sprained left ankle for roughly a week now and still isn't quite yet ready to take the court. He'll have another four full days off prior to Monday's preseason tilt with the Pistons, which marks Williams' next opportunity to make his debut. Even when healthy, Williams is unlikely to play a significant role in the rotation and can be avoided for fantasy purposes.
Williams suffered a twisted ankle recently, Brian Lewis of the New York Times reports.
The severity of the ankle injury is unclear at this point in time, though he'll have roughly a week of recovery time if he wants to get healthy enough to play in the preseason opener Wednesday against the Knicks. Once the regular season hits, Williams will likely have a tough time getting on the court and is likely set to see significant time in the G-League considering he's on a two-way contract.
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