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February 24, 2015 Updates

"We're a little thin up front," Van Gundy said. "Shawne played very well in Miami this year. He's a guy who comes on a value contract and he's got a non-guaranteed contract for next year, so it gives us a lot of flexibility and it's one of those moves that helps us right now, going forward, over the last 25 games and also gives us an asset and that's what we're into. We're trying to get better, we're trying to acquire assets. I think Shawne fits in both categories." NBA.com

Van Gundy held an informal coaches summit at the team practice facility last summer and he invited Mike D'Antoni, a coach he credits with doing much to revolutionize the modern NBA with his heavy emphasis on a pick-and-roll foundation and putting four shooters on the perimeter, to join the group. Against the Pistons on Nov. 29, 2013, Williams scored 20 points to help the Lakers win as he hit 6 of 13 3-point shots at The Palace. "We were just talking about the guys he'd coached and, unsolicited, he spoke really, really highly of Shawne from his year with him last year – his attitude, his work ethic and what he thought of him as a player," Van Gundy said. "That's been in my mind all along. I thought he played well for Miami early this year and when he was out there at waiver time, (general manager) Jeff (Bower) and I started talking about him and put in the claim now knowing if we'd be the team that ended up getting him. This is another good move for us. We just want to put together as many good moves as we can, even if they're small ones." NBA.com

Van Gundy views Williams as a stretch four and said his acquisition doesn't have any impact on Quincy Miller, signed to a 10-day contract on Saturday, calling Miller "a developmental guy we're looking at to see where we want to go. Shawne's more of a guy we think can play right now. He's a guy that should be ready to go and throw in an NBA game right now." NBA.com

February 22, 2015 Updates

The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that the team has waived forward Shawne Williams, who was acquired Feb. 19 from the Miami Heat along with Norris Cole and Justin Hamilton as part of a three-team trade. Williams, 6 feet 9, 230 pounds, appeared in 44 games (22 starts) this season for Miami, averaging 6.6 points and 3.2 rebounds in 21.0 minutes per game. NBA.com

February 20, 2015 Updates

There are several names the Griz might consider, including Memphis native Shawne Williams, who is expected to receive a buyout after being traded from Phoenix to New Orleans. Williams shot 39.5 percent from 3-point range in 44 appearances for Miami this season. Memphis Commercial Appeal

February 19, 2015 Updates

Miami HEAT President Pat Riley announced today that they have acquired brothers Goran Dragic and Zoran Dragic from the Phoenix Suns in part of a three-team trade involving the New Orleans Pelicans. Phoenix received Danny Granger and two future first round draft picks from Miami and John Salmons from New Orleans while the Pelicans received Norris Cole, Justin Hamilton and Shawne Williams from the HEAT. NBA.com

The Phoenix Suns today completed a deal to acquire two future first-round draft picks from the Miami Heat. The Suns also received forward/guard Danny Granger from Miami and forward John Salmons, who will be waived, from the New Orleans Pelicans in the three-team trade. As part of the deal, the Suns send guards Goran Dragic and Zoran Dragic to the Heat and the Pelicans receive guard Norris Cole, center Justin Hamilton and forward Shawne Williams from Miami. The Suns received Miami’s 2017 first-round pick (protected to seven) and Miami’s unprotected 2021 first-round pick as part of the deal. NBA.com

Ken Berger: Pelicans indeed will waive Shawne Williams, acquired in massive Goran Dragic trade. Norris Cole to New Orleans and John Salmons to Phoenix. Twitter @KBergCBS

Adrian Wojnarowski: New Orleans plans to buyout the contract of Shawne Williams, league source tells Yahoo Sports. That adds another good shooter to market. Twitter @WojYahooNBA

Adrian Wojnarowski: As part of massive deal, Miami sends Shawne Williams to New Orleans, league source tells Yahoo Sports. Twitter @WojYahooNBA

November 18, 2014 Updates

Williams brings experience and commitment to a team that embodies hard work and relentless perseverance. Williams shot 43.5 percent from three-point range in 
the preseason alone and continues to 
be impressive. “I’ve liked him for three or four years,” Head Coach Erik Spoelstra said. “His skill set, his toughness, that in the right situation and the right commitment to his conditioning and his weight and strength, he could be a guy that fits in our style of play. And I think that’s what you’re seeing right now. He looks totally different. He remade his body this summer.” NBA.com

October 6, 2014 Updates

Shawne Williams, Miami: Yes, talent gets guys second, third and fourth chances. Williams, who started last season with the Lakers before winding up in the NBA D-League, is getting yet another shot -- this time with the Heat. So far, he's been a pleasant surprise, and certainly could earn some time in Miami's new rotation. Shawne did not go south" in Los Angeles, a source said Saturday, saying the Lakers only released Williams because of money. "It was a bad day," the source said, "because he deserved to be on the team. I hope he makes it [in Miami]. He deserves to play and Erik [Spoelstra] will love him." NBA.com

October 5, 2014 Updates

"I've always liked Shannon because he's athletic, strong, defensive," Riley said at Saturday's exhibition in Louisville against the New Orleans Pelicans, before coach Erik Spoelstra gave his team Sunday off. "We're trying to create a certain mentality here. We went back and looked at his two years at Phoenix, when we averaged up the figures. And that's a little bit how Coach wants to play, run. And he's had I think a great training camp." Then there's Williams, a journeyman who had to reinvent himself to create equity with Riley and Spoelstra. "Shawne, to be very honest with you, is a guy that we felt, if he could change the way that he was physically, which he has, that we liked," Riley said. "The transformation of his body, physically, in the last eight weeks has been incredible. He was like 227 [pounds] and 15 percent body fat. And then we went to 241 and under 10 percent body fat. So he committed himself to really being a player." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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