Rodney Williams Rumors

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Rodney Williams is one of the newest 76ers. The undrafted rookie free agent out of Minnesota recently signed a partially guaranteed, multi-year contract with the Sixers, a team source confirmed. The guard/forward will be on the team’s roster when it opens the season against the Miami Heat on Oct. 30. Williams could spend a portion of this season with the Delaware 87ers, the Sixers’ NBA Development League affiliate.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have another round of pre-draft workouts on tap this weekend, with UCLA swingman Shabazz Muhammad highlighting the group. The Wolves announced that Muhammad and five other prospects will work out with team officials Sunday afternoon at Target Center. Also scheduled to participate are Long Beach State swingman James Ennis, Kentucky guard Archie Goodwin, Minnesota forward Rodney Williams, Delaware forward Jamelle Hagins and Idaho center Kyle Barone.
Rodney Williams isn’t distracted anymore when he hears his name mentioned in connection with the NBA draft. That’s because the University of Minnesota junior forward decided along with his family a couple of weeks ago he would return to school next season. Williams isn’t feeling pressure to impress pro scouts who will attend today’s Big Ten tournament quarterfinal game between the Gophers (19-13) and Michigan (23-8) at Bankers Life Center. He’s focusing on finishing the season strong. He’s hoping to build confidence and have a standout senior season.
We’ve been waiting two-and-half years, but Minnesota’s Rodney Williams is finally living up to his lofty potential. We’ve always been in awe of Williams’ raw athletic gifts and his ability to lock people down on defense, but his offensive game has been a major work in progress. With Trevor Mbakwe out for the season, Williams has begun to come on. He’s still not a great shooter, but his ability to get to the basket and his work on the boards have caught NBA scouts’ eyes. He’s not ready to make a major impact in the NBA, but for the first time in a year, he’s back in the discussion as a potential draft pick.