Williams was released by the Rockets last week after making just four appearances for the team. He's spent most of the season playing for the G-League's Rio Grande Valley Vipers, where he posted averages of 19.8 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.9 steals in 29.1 minutes per game. Williams could see some time with the Knicks, as they are out of contention and will likely rely on younger players for the rest of the season.
There was some back and forth on Tuesday regarding whether or not Williams would be released with the team signing Johnson. But, in the end, Williams has been waived to make room. It's unclear at the moment if he'll continue playing for the G-League's Rio Grande Valley Vipers -- where he's averaging 19.8 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.9 steals in 29.1 minutes per game -- or pursue another NBA contract. In four appearances with the Rockets this season, he played 17 minutes, posting five points, four rebounds, one assist and a steal.
Williams registered a team-high 28 points (11-19 FG, 1-8 3Pt, 5-6 FT) to go with 10 rebounds, four assists and three steals across 32 minutes for the G League's Rio Grande Valley Vipers in their 132-121 victory Tuesday over the Oklahoma City Blue. The Rockets recalled Williams from the G League ahead of Wednesday's game against the Kings.
Despite rumors earlier Tuesday that Williams would be cut from the Houston roster to make room for veteran free agent Joe Johnson, it appears the second-year forward will remain in the organization. Unless the NBA team experiences a rash of injuries, however, it's likely that Williams will see most of his action with Rio Grande Valley for the remainder of the season.
The Rockets will still have to release a player from their current roster if they want to sign Joe Johnson, but it will not be Williams after all. Williams will likely continue to bounce back and forth between Houston and the G-League's Rio Grande Valley Vipers this season while remaining a deep option option for the Rockets.
Williams will be released by the Rockets, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports.
Williams release comes with the Rockets' plan to sign veteran wing Joe Johnson after he was bought out by the Kings after the trade deadline. While Williams has spent most of the season going back and forth between Houston and the G-League, he is still expected to get interested around the league given his upside as a long, athletic wing.
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