Saturday, July 25, 2009

Jason Williams wants to get back into basketball after retiring in September 2008

By Anthony Caruso III

Jason Williams is trying to get back into basketball. Williams retired before the 2008-09 season after signing a 1-year deal with the Los Angeles Clippers. He never played in any games with the Clippers, before he retired.

Williams is expected to clear waivers by the end of the next week and become a free agent again. The Miami Heat are considering adding a veteran point guard to their roster to back up 2nd-year player Mario Chalmers and Williams is being considered for that role once he clears waivers. The Heat are willing to bring back Williams, because he's willing to take a lesser role in the offense and less money.

Williams was the most successful during his 10-year career with the Heat. He was traded to the Heat from the Memphis Grizzlies in the largest trade in NBA history. The Heat acquired Williams, André Emmett, and James Posey in the deal in August 2005 for Eddie Jones. And not even a year later, Posey and Williams were key role players in helping the Heat to their first-ever Championship over the Dallas Mavericks. Williams spent three years in South Beach.

Williams averaged a career-high 14.8 points in his first year in Memphis, in 2001-02. He then averaged 12.1 points and a career-high 8.3 assists in 2002-03, 10.9 points in 2003-04, and 10.1 points in 2004-05. He was traded to Miami after getting into a verbal argument with a Memphis reporter in the locker room after the reporter wrote a story that said Williams wanted to play closer to this family home in Orlando.

After Williams was the 7th overall pick in the 1998 NBA draft, he averaged 12.8 points and 12.3 points in his first two-years in Sacramento. He then averaged 9.4 points in his third season. After his third season, he was traded with Nick Anderson to the Grizzlies, who were in the process of moving from Vancouver, Canada to Memphis, Tennessee in 2001, for Mike Bibby and Brent Price.

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