HoopsHype Elliot Williams rumors

August 6, 2011 Updates

(Elliot) Williams showed off a beefed up upper body and -- judging from his several gravity-defying dunks -- looked fully recovered from the pair of knee surgeries that sidelined him for all of last season. "I haven't played a game like this in a while -- since the preseason (last year), going 5-on-5 with referees," Williams said. "It felt good. I've been getting stronger working out with (Tigers strength and conditioning coach) Frank (Matrisciano) and (local trainer) Scotty (Mason)." Memphis Commercial Appeal

June 25, 2011 Updates
May 26, 2011 Updates

Last year’s signing of Matthews was an unqualified success. The draft results are another matter. The Blazers’ three selections – first-rounders Luke Babbitt (16) and Elliot Williams (22) and second-rounder Armon Johnson (34) – didn’t get a lot done on the court this season. Williams missed the entire season after surgery on both knees. Babbitt – acquired from Minnesota in the trade that sent Martell Webster to the Timberwolves – drew little playing time. Johnson got a shot early, then was beaten out by Patty Mills for the backup point-guard spot. “It’s hard to judge a rookie after one year, especially a rookie who comes to a playoff team,” Buchanan says. “All three of those guys are developing players who are learning their position, our league, our system and their teammates. “We believe in them long-term. I’m expecting all three to come back hungry to contribute. It’s still way too early to make a determination on whether those guys are successes or failures.” Portland Tribune

March 23, 2011 Updates

The Trail Blazers have a day off today to rest for tomorrow’s practice and a grueling stretch of tough games that will help decide their playoff fate. But odds are one player did not take advantage of the day off. Rookie guard Elliot Williams, who underwent season-ending surgery on both of his knees, was given the green-light earlier this week to resume light basketball activities, ramp up his shooting and intensify weight-lifting sessions. When the Blazers went through Los Angeles to face the Lakers on Sunday, Williams visited with the doctor who performed his surgeries and received a clean bill of health. “It went really well,” Williams said of the visit. “He said my progress is very good. I can’t jump yet, but I can do everything else and I’m going to start pushing it pretty hard. So I’m excited.” Oregonian

February 14, 2011 Updates
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November 11, 2010 Updates

At the request of his agent, Oden was getting a second opinion his left knee, which suffered a fractured patella on Dec. 5 last season. Cho said ElAttrache's diganosis was consistent with the opinion of the Blazers' doctors, but he would not elaborate. Cho said Oden will continue to rehabilitate without a time table. Oregonian

November 5, 2010 Updates

Williams re-aggravated the injury Wednesday during a workout at the practice facility. After an examination with team doctors, he and the Blazers decided it was best to have surgery now. Williams, who was selected No. 22 overall in the June NBA draft and had not yet played in a game, said he expects to miss between four and five months. "It's a minor thing, but it just felt like the time to get it fixed," said Williams, who walked normally around the Rose Garden before Thursday night's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. "It's just something you don't want to have to keep dealing with because something major could happen down the road." Oregonian

November 4, 2010 Updates
October 8, 2010 Updates

Bobby Fischer has nothing on Elliot Williams. A rookie guard with the Portland Trail Blazers, Williams is known for his quick first step and leaping ability, but he also isn't afraid to leap with a knight or even call "checkmate" and capture a king. "I'm the kind of guy that likes to get into a lot of stuff, and chess is one of those things that stuck with me," said the 6-foot-5 Williams, the No. 22 overall pick by Portland out of the University of Memphis. "It's a very difficult game, but once you get playing it becomes very addicting." ESPN.com

July 7, 2010 Updates

The Portland Trail Blazers have signed rookie guard Elliot Williams. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. “We’re very excited to have a player with the character and potential that Elliot has,” said Director of College Scouting Chad Buchanan. “He’s made some pretty big strides in college and now we’re looking forward to seeing what he can do at the next level.” NBA.com

June 24, 2010 Updates

Two NBA teams I spoke with are operating under the assumption that Washington will be making the pick at 17. Elliot Williams may be the guy. Twitter

June 23, 2010 Updates

The Portland Trail Blazers have targeted University of Memphis guard Elliot Williams and are actively working to get an additional first-round pick in the 20s to draft him, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. Yahoo! Sports

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