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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, multiyear contract with the Sixers, a team source confirmed. The organization also announced the signings of first-round picks Nerlens Noel and Michael Carter-Williams on Tuesday. Noel, however, actually signed his contract Sept. 16.
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.
Kevin Bradbury: Congrats to my man @Rodney Williams on signing with 76ers today. You have come a long way little bro. Let’s keep fighting!!
Darren Wolfson: Sounds like Rodney W. will ink a multi-year deal w/ 76ers tomorrow. Prob. be structured like Lockett’s in Sac. – partial guarantee. #gophers
Trevor Mbakwe and Rodney Williams both had the opportunity to be the first Gophers player taken in the NBA draft since 2004. But after 60 selections in the June 27 draft, all 30 NBA teams passed on the two forwards.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Undrafted Univ. of Minnesota forward Rodney Williams has agreed to a free agent deal with the Philadelphia 76ers, league source tells Y!
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.
The list of draft prospects — mostly guys who will go undrafted or might slip into the second round — for the Wolves’ annual two-day camp here at Target Center this week is out. Gophers forward Rodney Williams is there, in the Wednesday’s group. Princeton, Minn.’s own Jared Berggren — by way of Madison and the University of Wisconsin — will work out in one of Tuesday’s two groups. Other names: Baylor guard Pierre Jackson, Illinois guard Brandon Paul, Memphis swingman D.J. Stephens, French center Mouhammadou Jaiteh and Texas A&M guard Elston Turner Jr
Look for the Wolves to invite former Gophers Trevor Mbakwe and Rodney Williams for personal workouts after the lottery. Mbakwe, but not Williams, is among 63 players expected to participate in the NBA predraft combine next weekend in Chicago.
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.