HoopsHype Shelden Williams rumors
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.” NBA.com
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. Denver Post
"Denver is a great fit for Shelden because they need frontcourt help," said Williams' agent, Lee Melchionni. "He provides an element of toughness, rebounding and intangibles. . . . And being able to play in the playoffs is an experience that you take with you to any team that you go to." Denver Post
The Nuggets made two more moves on Wednesday to solidify their bench. A league source told ESPN.com's John Hollinger that the team has agreed to terms with forward Shelden Williams and guard Anthony Carter and is expected to sign both later in the day. Both deals would be for the league's veteran minimum salary. ESPN.com
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. CBSSports.com
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