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Candace Buckner: And Tommy Sheppard finally on signing Johnathan Williams to a two-way deal: “Johnathan has shown the ability to impact the game on both ends of the court during his time with us and during his previous NBA experience.”
Candace Buckner: The #Wizards are waiving CJ Miles to make roster space for center Anzejs Pasecniks, The Post has learned. Pasecniks, the 7-1 center, will have his two-way contract converted to a standard NBA contract. The team is also bringing back Johnathan Williams on a two-way
The Washington Wizards announced today that they have waived forward Johnathan Williams, who had reached the 10-day limit on the team’s injury hardship exception. Williams appeared in six games for the Wizards (four starts), averaging 5.5 points and 6.3 rebounds.
Fred Katz: Wizards announce the Johnathan Williams signing.
Fred Katz: Johnathan Williams has gotten FIBA clearance and should be ready tonight for the Wizards, sources tell @TheAthletic. Wizards signing Williams with a second hardship exception, so no release coming.
Fred Katz: Wizards are close on a deal with Johnathan Williams, but it won’t get done immediately, per sources. The team will apply for a second hardship exception, which it expects to receive, given all its injuries. @MosesB1 was first to report Williams to Washington.
Maccabi Rishon LeZion announced the departure of Johnathan Williams on Monday noting that the 24-year-old American forward received an attracting offer from the NBA. The Washington Wizards are expected to ink him to a guaranteed deal, according to Moshe Barda of One.co.il.
Maccabi Rishon LeZion penned Johnathan Williams for the 2019-20 season, the Israeli side announced on Tuesday. The 24-year-old American forward will help his new team in the 7DAYS EuroCup. Williams played for Missouri and Gonzaga in the NCAA. Despite not making the cut in the 2018 NBA draft, he took part in 24 NBA matches with the Los Angeles Lakers averaging 6.5 points and 4.1 rebounds, also saw G League action with the South Bay Lakers.
Tania Ganguli: The Lakers are extending qualifying offers to Alex Caruso and Johnathan Williams. Williams becomes a two-way player if he accepts.
Dave McMenamin: Can confirm LA Times report that the Lakers will extend qualifying offers to Alex Caruso and Johnathan Williams. LAL will be challenged with filling out the roster with young players after the AD trade. Caruso, in particular, has a lot of fans in the organization.
Bill Oram: The Lakers are already out here making moves. They waived Travis Wear (previously on 2-way deal) to sign undrafted rookie Johnathan Williams to 2-way. With apologies to Kyle Kuzma, Williams was the Lakers best small ball center in the preseason.
Mike Bresnahan: Lakers sign Johnathan Williams to a two-way contract and waive Travis Wear. Williams, a 6-foot-9 power forward out of Gonzaga, averaged 6.8 points and 4.3 rebounds in six pre-season games with the Lakers before becoming the last roster cut.
Shams Charania: Sources on @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium: The Los Angeles Lakers are waiving forward Johnathan Williams III. Williams had strong preseason for Lakers, including 14 points and 12 rebounds last night against the Warriors.
The Los Angeles Lakers have signed Johnathan Williams, it was announced today. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released.
Bill Oram: The Lakers will sign Johnathan Williams from Gonzaga to their summer league roster. As @Michael Scotto reported last night, they already added UNC’s Joel Berry and OkSt’s Jeffrey Carroll.
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September 22, 2021 | 2:15 am EDT Update
There are many who believed then and continue to insist now that Damian Lillard was about ready to ask out; a source with knowledge of the situation believes Lillard is held back by both his loyalty to Portland and an unwillingness to go back on things he’s already said about sticking things out. He ultimately decided to give this another go, and Lillard has been provided roster upgrades and had a big voice in the coaching search. He may still ask out down the road, but only time will tell how long this honeymoon lasts.
It is clear Simmons wants out though and when you consider that alongside his poor form in the playoffs, the Sixers have little leverage to work with and the offers have reflected that. “The Sixers are yet to find a deal they are willing to do,” Wojnarowski said. “They want Ben Simmons in camp, they want to see his trade value improve and then find a deal out in the marketplace but right now they are going to do it with him on the sidelines because his intention now is to not play another game for that organisation.
“They’ve asked for a steep return. It is hard to trade a star player when you are a contender because you are trying to get back the pieces that keep you a contender now. “The offers on the marketplace just did not meet the threshold that Daryl Morey and Doc Rivers want in Philly. Now there is a standoff.”
The Sixers are expecting at least some sort of absence to open the preseason, sources say, though most are convinced he will eventually show up, citing a lack of precedent for extended holdouts in the NBA. There has been some public debate over whether the Sixers would fine him for such a move in the midst of trying to work through all this, though it seems pretty black-and-white on Philly’s end.
It almost goes without saying that bridge-building would need to be done between Simmons and Doc Rivers. The head coach tried to walk back the despair he showed after Game 7 during exit interviews the very next day, and his defenses of Simmons far outnumber his one high-profile shoulder shrug. Even still, getting the two to connect during the offseason has been close to impossible, sources say. Ultimately, this is in Simmons’ hands. Rivers would tell you himself that he regrets letting his guard down during Simmons’ lowest moment as a professional. Some missteps are just harder to come back from than others.
Paul, who also manages Anthony Davis, LeBron James and Trae Young, has built a $2.7 billion empire and knows how to get what he wants. “I talked to Rich Paul,” former NBA player Jay Williams told ‘Bart & Hahn’. “He was the one that told me: ‘We want out and we’ll go to what ever degree we have to’”.
Kyle Neubeck: One detail I left out from this was the suggestion from a team source that firing Rich Paul (however unlikely) would be one way for Ben to try to rectify what some view as a self-created problem. “He could just say, ‘my agent talked me into this stupid fucking strategy.'”