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Shelden Williams
Shelden Williams
Position: None
Born: 10/21/83
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:250 lbs. / 113.4 kg.
The Chinese Basketball Association season is currently in its playoff semifinals, meaning a slew of former NBA players could be available as free agents in the coming weeks. There has been interest in former Celtic Lester Hudson, who scored 40 points in Xinjiang’s victory over Dongguan. Former Sacramento King Bobby Brown tallied 45 points in that game. Other ex-NBAers in China are Shelden Williams, Delonte West, James Singleton, Donte Green, Yi Jianlian, Dominique Jones, and Hamed Haddadi.
But sources with knowledge of the Magic’s approach say they’re remaining patient and that all the familiar teams — Houston, Atlanta, the Lakers, and the Nets among them — remain in play. That doesn’t bode well for the Nets, whose reliance on numerous free agents in their proposal is complicated by the end of the league’s free agency moratorium at 12:01 Eastern Time Wednesday. While Humphries has the same agent as Howard and is expected to cooperate in a Howard trade so long as he gets a multi-year deal, free agents who have been part of Nets’ various proposals and may be needed to make the money work — a la Shelden Williams, Sundiata Gaines and Armon Johnson — will be able to sign with other teams.
The tentacles of the proposed deal stretched across more than 10 players and three teams on Monday, with the Nets recruiting a fourth team to take on guard MarShon Brooks in exchange for an additional draft pick to send to Orlando. Nevertheless, multiple complexities need to be resolved to complete the deal, including the negotiation of contracts for four of the players in the proposed trade: Brook Lopez, Kris Humphries, Damion James and Shelden Williams. In the proposed deal, Howard, Jason Richardson and Earl Clark would be sent to Brooklyn, and the Magic would receive the Nets’ Lopez, James, Williams and Armon Johnson, Cleveland’s Luke Walton and three future first-round picks, sources said. Cleveland would receive Orlando’s Quentin Richardson, Brooklyn’s Sundiata Gaines, Humphries (on a one-year guaranteed deal), a first-round pick and $3 million from the Nets. Brooklyn also is in talks with the Los Angeles Clippers to exchange Brooks for an additional first-round pick to send to the Magic. If the Clippers decline to participate, other teams are in position to take on Brooks, sources said.
In the proposed deal, Howard, Jason Richardson and Earl Clark would be sent to Brooklyn, and the Magic would receive the Nets’ Brook Lopez, Damion James, Sheldon Williams, Cleveland’s Luke Walton and three future first-round picks, sources said. Cleveland would receive Orlando’s Quentin Richardson, Brooklyn’s Sundiata Gaines, Kris Humphries (on a one-year guaranteed deal), a first-round pick and $3 million from the Nets. Brooklyn also would send Brooks to a fourth team to get them an additional first-round pick to send to the Magic.
Williams may soon get his wish to spend more time with his baby girl. He said Parker is considering discontinuing overseas play once Lailaa starts school. More daddy-daughter time will give Williams a chance to work on a part of his game that is severely lacking — fashion sense. “As she gets older, it’s all about looking good with the outfits and her hair,” Williams said. “I try to match the leggings with her Nike shirt. But when in doubt, I fall back on a white T-shirt and jeans. Candace doesn’t like that.” “When he does Lailaa’s hair, I’m like, ‘Why did you let my baby walk out the house looking like that?'” Parker said. “Sometimes he will just let it flow or dump the brush in hair lotion and pull it back with a headband on it.” His skills as Daddy The Stylist may need work, but in every other realm of daddy daycare he’s an all-star. “He is a great father, very hands-on, and she is in love with him,” Parker said.
Nets rookie Jordan Williams took an elbow in the head from Pacers center Roy Hibbert and suffered what was called a mild concussion. He was around by the end of the night. Shelden Williams, however, who suffered a right eye injury, was not. Shelden Williams was sent to Hackensack University Medical Center for further examinations, and the Nets sounded ominous about his status. “We haven’t received an update on Shelden,” said coach Avery Johnson, who was hoping to hear some news Wednesday night. “Jordan had a mild — really mild — concussion, so we took him out for observations. We think he’s going to be OK. … [But] we’re really concerned about Shelden.”
Shelden Williams, most recently with the New York Knicks, is also working out in Santa Monica. The lockout doesn’t seem to be a worry for the former Duke Blue Devil. “I finally get family time so I can’t complain,” said Williams. “Honestly, I’m not even thinking about [the lockout].” His daughter Lailaa (with wife and WNBA star Candace Parker) turned two in May. Williams hopes at some point to add a sibling but he and Parker have yet to work out the timing. “We’re going to add to the family but we have to plan it,” said Sheldon. “My wife is playing in the summer time and she can’t take off too much time. It has to be strategic.”
The Nets and Nuggets are discussing a deal that would send Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Melvin Ely, Renaldo Balkman and Shelden Williams to the Nets for Derrick Favors, Devin Harris, Troy Murphy, Ben Uzoh and four first-round draft picks, a league source with knowledge of the talks told Yahoo! Sports on Thursday night. Now, the pressure could be back on the New York Knicks to sweeten their offer and get Anthony before the Feb. 24 trade deadline. Knicks president Donnie Walsh has seemed willing to let Anthony go into free agency, when New York can try to sign him in the summer. The Knicks and Nuggets have negotiated steadily in recent weeks, but Denver has been frustrated with New York’s reluctance to part with key young players in a deal.
Except for brief periods of time, after a trade or the release of someone, I cannot recall any player’s sphere of influence overlapping lockers until visiting Denver. Now I know three. Chauncey Billups and Kenyon Martin each has jurisdiction over two cubicles, whereas ‘Melo’s monopoly only will be split for a price. “Shelden Williams wanted to move across the room into one of the empties,” Harrington chuckled, “but ‘Melo told him he’d have to buy it.”
Williams said he also got minimum contract offers from Chicago and Utah before signing with Denver. He impressed the Nuggets with averages of 12.6 points and 7.9 rebounds in the preseason before erupting in the opener. “I just tried to be aggressive on the glass and tried to take as much as I can,” Williams said. “Fortunately, it worked out well.” It sure did. “It told him he played like Moses Malone as far as his rebounding,” said Nuggets guard Anthony Carter.
Williams, seeking to find a home after playing for five teams in four NBA seasons, scored 21 points and grabbed 14 rebounds after replacing Harrington. Four of his seven field goals came on mid-range jump shots and he was aggressive enough to get to the free-throw line 10 times. “With Birdman and Kenyon being out, I think this is a great opportunity for me to actually come in and play,” Williams said. “This is a great situation for me. I’ve just got to continue to play well and hopefully it’ll work out.”
For the third consecutive offseason, Anthony Carter signed a one-year, league-minimum deal with the Nuggets, doing so Wednesday with power forward Shelden Williams, who comes to Denver by way of Boston. The 6-foot-9, 250-pound Williams, who played sparingly for the Eastern Conference champion Celtics, will make $915,852, as set by the minimum contract pay scale. Carter, who backed up Chauncey Billups and Ty Lawson last season, will make $1.352 million.
The Nuggets bolstered their front court Wednesday by agreeing to terms with Al Harrington and Shelden Williams, while also bringing back one of their own free agents, guard Anthony Carter, people with knowledge of the deals confirmed to CBSSports.com. In giving the full mid-level exception to Harrington — five years, $34 million — the Nuggets are now out of the running to match the Raptors’ four-year. $18.8 million offer sheet for restricted free agent Linas Kleiza. Harrington, 29, is a good teammate and proven scorer whose presence will help the Nuggets survive the absence of injured big men Kenyon Martin and Chris “Birdman” Andersen at the start of the 2010-11 season. But Harrington’s erratic, often puzzling offensive play could present a problem for a Denver team that already has its share of free spirits.