Williams announced his retirement from the NBA after the Bucks were eliminated by the Heat on Tuesday following Milwaukee's 103-94 loss in Game 5, Marc J. Spears of ESPN.com reports.
Williams will step away from the game after 15 seasons in the NBA. After entering the professional ranks following his freshman season at North Carolina, Williams was selected with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft. He began his career with the Hawks, with whom he played for seven seasons while averaging 11.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists. He then spent two years in Utah before moving on to Charlotte and, eventually, Milwaukee. Though never an All-Star, Williams' longevity is rare, and he retires with the 90th-most games played and the 32nd-lowest turnover rate in NBA history.
Williams went for 12 points (4-8 FG, 4-5 3Pt), seven rebounds and one block in 22 minutes during Saturday's 118-104 Game 5 win against the Magic.
Williams had by far his best showing of the first round in this one, scoring in double figures while also logging 20-plus minutes. He hadn't accomplished either of those feats in the first four games of the series, but Williams may be relied upon a bit more heavily as the postseason continues thanks to his ability to contribute on both ends and at both forward positions.
Williams was ejected during Saturday's Game 3 against the Magic, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.
Williams and James Ennis got into an altercation in the second quarter which involved some pushing and shoving. After the two were separated, they were both assessed double technicals and ejected. Williams finishes the game with two rebounds and one block in six minutes.
Williams finished with four points (2-5 FG, 0-3 3Pt), nine boards, and one block in 23 minutes of a 120-116 loss to Houston on Sunday.
Williams made his first appearance since the restart with an active day on the glass. The veteran will provide key depth for the Buck's front court during their title push this summer. He'll face the Nets on Tuesday.
Williams (groin) is off the injury report for Sunday's contest against the Rockets.
Williams missed the Bucks' opener due to a strained left groin, but he'll be available for the second contest of the bubble restart. In his final 10 appearances before the break, he averaged 3.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 18.4 minutes. His return could signal fewer minutes for Sterling Brown, Robin Lopez and/or Ersan Ilyasova
Williams (groin) won't play in Friday's restart opener against the Celtics, Matt Velazquez of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
As expected, Williams will sit out while dealing with a strained left groin, which the team has deemed "moderate." The veteran's absence should be very short term. In his stead, Ersan Ilyasova could see extra run.
Williams (groin) is not expected to play in Friday's game against Boston.
Williams is still bothered by a strained left groin, which kept him out of the team's final scrimmage earlier in the week. The Bucks are in no danger of losing their grasp on the No. 1 seed, so they can afford to bring Williams along at his own pace.
Williams will not play in Monday's scrimmage against the Pelicans due to a groin issue, Matt Velazquez of the Journal Sentinel reports.
This is the first we've heard of the injury, but Williams' absence Monday is likely precautionary as the Bucks gear up for their first seeding game Friday night.
Williams (coach's decision) was active for Monday's 109-95 loss to the Nuggets but didn't see the floor.
After the Bucks ruled out Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee), Eric Bledsoe (knee) and George Hill (thigh) in advance of the contest, coach Mike Budenholzer chose to give impromptu rest days to several other players in the second half of the back-to-back set. Along with Williams, rotation mainstays Khris Middleton, Brook Lopez and Donte DiVincenzo were also given the night off. Williams will return to action Thursday against the Celtics and should split minutes at power forward with Ersan Ilyasova in the event Antetokounmpo (knee) is sidelined for a third straight game.
Williams went for four points (2-6 FG, 0-3 3Pt), three rebounds, two assists and one block in 20 minutes during Wednesday's 119-100 win over the Pacers.
Williams appears to have leapfrogged Ersan Ilyasova on the power forward depth chart, as the latter was left out of the rotation entirely in this one. Williams has earned at least 16 minutes in eight of nine appearances since joining the Bucks. Still, the 33-year-old veteran hasn't hit double figures in scoring once yet for Milwaukee, and he's at best a dart throw in daily leagues.
Williams will make his debut with Milwaukee on Wednesday against Indiana, Matt Velazquez of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Williams, though, isn't expected to play significant minutes, as coach Mike Budenholzer mentioned that they'll ease the veteran into the rotation Wednesday against the Pacers. In 41 appearances with Charlotte this season, Williams averaged 19.7 minutes per contest.
Williams will be available for Monday's game against Sacramento, but coach Mike Budenholzer said the veteran likely won't play, Matt Velazquez of the Journal Sentinel reports.
The signing became official just a couple of hours before game time, so Williams is yet to practice or get acclimated with his new team. With Giannis Antetokounmpo (personal) out, expect Ersan Ilyasova to move into the starting lineup, with D.J. Wilson, Sterling Brown and Pat Connaughton potentially in line for more minutes behind him.
Williams (not injury related) wasn't listed on Monday's injury report and will presumably be made available against Sacramento.
As long as Williams' with the team, he should be available to play Monday. In 41 games with the Hornets earlier this season, Williams averaged 6.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.1 threes in 19.7 minutes per contest.
Williams is expected to sign a contract with the Bucks, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
That did not take long, as this news comes just a few hours after Williams and Charlotte came to terms on a buyout. The 33-year-old is shooting 38 percent from beyond the arc on the season and figures to bring a solid veteran presence to the locker room as well as experienced depth in the frontcourt.
Williams is being bought out by the Hornets, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
The Hornets will continue to progress towards their youth-movement, and the 33-year-old Williams does not fit in that picture. As a result, he will now be free to try and find a new destination. He has averaged 6.7 points and 2.7 rebounds across a career low 19.7 minutes this season.
Williams will return to a reserve role for Monday's matchup with the Magic, Rod Boone of The Athletic reports.
Williams replaced PJ Washington (ankle) in the starting lineup in Saturday's game against the Spurs. Washington remains sidelined Monday, but the Hornets will opt to go smaller and insert Dwayne Bacon into the starting lineup. As a result, Williams figures to see his usual playing time as a reserve.
Williams will start Saturday's game against the Spurs.
Though the team previously announced that PJ Washington (ankle) would play and start, that has ended up not being the case. Williams will get the start instead.
Williams has returned to the Hornets' rotation over the last two games.
For the most part, the veteran has held down a role of 15-to-25 minutes this season, but -- like many of the older players on the roster -- his workload has fluctuated on a night-to-night basis. Williams saw 28 minutes in a loss to Milwaukee on Friday, finishing with 18 points and six rebounds with four three-pointers. On Tuesday against the Knicks, he dropped back down to 18 minutes and put up just two points and two rebounds. Williams shouldn't be on the radar in most fantasy leagues, but he's a name to monitor if he's ultimately moved before the trade deadline.
Williams (coach's decision) didn't see the floor in Sunday's 100-92 loss to the Suns.
Williams recently missed two games after requiring a procedure for a fractured nose, but he returned to action in Friday's 109-92 loss to the Jazz, playing 16 minutes off the bench. Considering the Hornets didn't list him on the injury report heading into Sunday, Williams looks like he was merely out of coach James Borrego's nine-man rotation for the night. Williams' absence may just be a one-game occurrence, but he'll likely struggle to clear 20 minutes on any occasion if starting forward Miles Bridges and PJ Washington are healthy and not dealing with foul trouble.
Williams (nose) will play Friday against Utah.
Williams has missed the last two contests while on the mend from a fractured nose, but he'll be available off the bench for Friday's clash. He's averaging 4.6 points and 2.4 rebounds as a reserve in his last five games.
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