Memphis trip is reminder of invisible 15th man
However, Shawne Williams will be nowhere in sight Friday night at FedExForum, unless he uses some of his $2.4 million salary to buy a ticket. The Mavs are more likely to bring back Lorenzo Williams (you’re a true MFFL if you remember him) than Shawne Williams.
The Mavs banished Shawne Williams in the middle of last season, months after acquiring the troubled but talented forward in a trade from the Indiana Pacers. The Mavs brass was fooled into believing that a change of scenery would allow Williams’ career to get untracked. It didn’t take long to realize they were wrong -- the smoke signals coming from his room on road trips were a strong hint -- but they had already picked up his contract option for this season by that time.
There is still a chance that the Mavs can make the trade for Williams pay off. His expiring contract could come in handy in a trade, which is the only reason the Mavs kept him on the roster.
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