HoopsHype Jason Williams rumors

February 8, 2011 Updates

Jason Williams, released last month by the Orlando Magic, signed a contract Monday to return to the Memphis Grizzlies, where he played from 2001-05. Grizzlies officials announced the signing moments before the game with the Los Angeles Lakers. The signing had been rumored for about a week, but the team would not confirm their interest in the point guard until he was officially signed. He was seated on the bench for the Lakers game, and will travel to Oklahoma City, where the Grizzlies play Tuesday night. ESPN.com

February 6, 2011 Updates

Zach Randolph flashed a toothy grin more than a week ago when he first learned that Jason Williams might join the Grizzlies. "J-Will is about those dimes," Randolph said, referring to Williams' pass-first mentality that often leads to exciting assists. Williams is expected to sign a contract Monday to play with the Grizzlies for the rest of the season. Team management received a verbal commitment from the capricious point guard last Wednesday, and Randolph isn't the only player OK with adding Williams to their delicate mix. Memphis Commercial Appeal

February 3, 2011 Updates

Free-agent point guard Jason Williams has agreed in principle to sign with the Grizzlies, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. Barring an unforeseen development, the 35-year-old will join the team by Monday. Memphis Commercial Appeal

The Griz pursued Williams at the behest of team owner Michael Heisley, whose reverence for the veteran can be traced to Memphis acquiring him from Sacramento in a 2001 trade. Memphis Commercial Appeal

January 31, 2011 Updates

The Grizzlies have expressed a strong desire to acquire point guard Jason Williams. The only question now is whether the feeling is mutual. Williams was released Wednesday by the Orlando Magic -- the Grizzlies' opponent tonight in FedExForum. Williams cleared waivers last weekend but has yet to sign with another team as an unrestricted free agent, and he appears in no hurry to join the Griz. Memphis Commercial Appeal

Memphis (24-24) wanted to claim Williams off waivers and assume the one-year contract he signed with Orlando before the start of this season. But Williams asked the Grizzlies to not claim him, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. Memphis obliged, and Williams apparently will consider suitors with stronger postseason possibilities before agreeing to terms with the Grizzlies. Memphis is willing to sign Williams for the remainder of the season. Memphis Commercial Appeal

January 29, 2011 Updates

The Heat haven't had any significant internal discussions about a reunion with Jason Williams, who was released by Orlando and appears headed to Memphis. The Grizzlies' interest in Williams only increased with word that O.J. Mayo has been suspended 10 games for taking a banned supplement -- the same one that resulted in Rashard Lewis being suspended in 2009. CBSSports.com

January 28, 2011 Updates

The Heat haven't had any internal discussions of significance about Williams; despite their limitations, Miami seems content with the point- guard platoon of Mario Chalmers and Carlos Arroyo. The latest, as you know, is that the Grizzlies have serious interest -- especially now that O.J. Mayo has been suspended 10 games for using a banned supplement. CBSSports.com

Even before news broke that O.J. Mayo received a 10-game suspension for violating the NBA's anti-drug policy, the Grizzlies made contact with Jason Williams. Yes, J-Will. The Griz are interested in bringing the point guard back to Memphis after he clears waivers. Orlando released Williams Wednesday night. The Griz only want to make sure that there are no medical/injury issues dogging the 12th-year veteran. Memphis Commercial Appeal

Talks are serious and perhaps the only way the Griz don't sign Williams is if he gets an offer to play for a playoff contender. Orlando swooped in the last two times the Griz showed interest. But if there are no takers, look for J-Will to join the Griz. Heisley likes J-Will as much as he does Allen Iverson. Memphis Commercial Appeal

January 27, 2011 Updates
January 26, 2011 Updates

The Orlando Magic waived Jason Williams on Wednesday after the reserve point guard did not join the team on its current two-game road trip. Williams participated in the team's practice Tuesday at Amway Center. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Asked if (Jason) Williams has asked for his release, Smith said, "Not so much in those terms. You say his 'release,' we're not into giving guys their release. He signed a contract to play basketball for the Orlando Magic, and we're expecting him to uphold his end of that deal." Asked if Williams is balking at his limited playing time or is facing a personal issue, Smith said, "From what I gather, he's facing more of a personal issue. I don't know if he wants more playing time. That was talked to him about before we signed him. When we signed him, we signed him as a third point guard. That didn't necessarily change." Orlando Sentinel

Reserve point guard Jason Williams did not join the Orlando Magic on their two-game road trip to face the Indiana Pacers tonight and the Chicago Bulls on Friday night, leaving his status with the team up in the air. When asked about Williams' status after the Magic's shootaround today at Conseco Fieldhouse, the team's president of basketball operations, Otis Smith, responded: "Well, he's not with the team. We'll deal with him when we get back to Orlando." Orlando Sentinel

January 21, 2011 Updates
January 20, 2011 Updates

The club has been saying that J-Will is dealing with a personal matter, not a personnel matter, but I didn't get that impression from Magic CEO Bob Vander Weide. I asked Vander Weide at halftime as he hurried to his seat whether Williams would be back this season, and he said, "It's in discussion." Orlando Sentinel

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