HoopsHype Jason Williams rumors


August 3, 2010 Updates

The Orlando Magic have agreed to a new deal with free-agent point guard Jason Williams, according to a person familiar with the decision. The person spoke with The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the contract was still being completed Tuesday. ESPN.com

Williams, who was believed to have signed a two-year contract, has maintained since early last season that this Magic squad has more overall talent than the Miami Heat team that he was a part of that won the 2006 NBA title. A year-round resident of Orlando, Williams stressed all along that the Magic were his first choice to play for. The addition of Williams gives the Magic 13 players on their roster – the number they will likely keep heading in the regular season. After signing Duhon, small forward Quentin Richardson and Williams and retaining restricted free agent J.J. Redick, the Magic have one of the NBA’s highest payrolls. NBA.com

July 28, 2010 Updates

Orlando Magic General Manager Otis Smith said he likely will make a decision on what he’ll do with the team’s third point guard spot “by week’s end,” but he added that the team is considering bringing back 34-year-old Jason Williams. “Jason Williams we would probably like to have back, but what that would look like I’m not necessarily sure,” Smith said. “We’ll have to have a conversation with his agent in the next couple of days.” Orlando Sentinel

July 21, 2010 Updates

The Heat is expected to add one more point guard, with NBA veterans Jason Williams and Earl Watson, and league neophytes Kenny Hasbrouck, Patrick Beverley and John Lucas III among the options. Teams are limited to 12-player active lists on game nights and 15-player rosters during the regular season. Teams may carry as many as 20 players during the offseason. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

July 19, 2010 Updates

Ira Winderman: Mike Miller has talked to ex-Gator Jason Williams about joining him with Heat. "I'd love to have him. We'll see what happens," Miller said. Twitter

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When the dust -- or maybe it's sand in South Beach -- settles from the Dwyane Wade/Chris Bosh free agent signings Thursday, point guard Jason Williams might not be too far behind. Williams (pictured right with Wade in 2008), a free agent who played as a backup last season in Orlando, has been in contact with Wade throughout the summer and throughout this free agent process, discussing a potential return to Miami. They were the starting backcourt in 2006 when the Heat won the NBA title, and coach Eric Spoelstra was an assistant. According to two NBA sources Wednesday, one at the Orlando Summer League, Wade has made known to Heat management his desire to see Williams return. FanHouse.com

Petrie will be looking to fortify the Kings backcourt, but said he didn't anticipate pursuing either Allen Iverson or former Kings point guard Jason Williams. "The straight-forward answer would be he's not somebody we've talked about," Petrie said of Iverson. "And I don't think Jason is leaving Florida. I think they might be guys who see what happens with teams after (LeBron) James, (Chris) Bosh and (Dwayne) Wade make their decisions." Marty McNeal

The Knicks like Felton, too, and could meet with him soon. They scheduled a meeting for later this week that they cancelled until they know for sure they are not getting either LeBron James or Dwyane Wade with their second max. According to a source, Orlando’s Jason Williams, who may be looking for a new home now that Chris Duhon has signed with the Magic, also is on the Knicks’ list. New York Post

July 6, 2010 Updates

Yet a league source said it remains possible that Williams still returns to Orlando. He is believed to be in discussions with the Magic on possible terms, although he is in discussions with Memphis and New York as well. Williams was one of the league's best backups last season and flourished in a starting role as well, but has made it clear he does not want to play for the league's veteran's minimum salary like he did last season. FanHouse.com

The addition of Duhon, who will play behind starter Jameer Nelson, likely spells the end of Jason Williams’ time in Orlando. Williams played well in his one season in Orlando, but could be close to returning to Miami where he spent a major portion of his NBA career. NBA.com

July 4, 2010 Updates

But surprising as it may be considering the subject of discussion, it appears Williams' game just isn't flashy enough anymore to draw the deserved attention. Nonetheless, it's indisputable that he is coming off one of the best seasons of any point guard on this market. And according to his agent, Dan Tobin, he fully expects to be treated accordingly. "We think he had terrific year, and I think our retrospective on the year bears that out," said Tobin, who would not disclose which teams have shown interest. Translation: he's not willing to play for the veteran's minimum salary like he did last season. FanHouse.com

Tobin -- who believes Williams is in good enough shape to play four more years -- said Williams isn't restricting his option to the Sunshine State, saying, "It is free agency and we are certainly willing to listen." Orlando is certainly considering bringing Williams back, although general manager Otis Smith might continue in his attempts to land a bigger-name point guard first. New York is also believed to be interested. FanHouse.com

June 30, 2010 Updates

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