Mavs close book on unsuccessful Williams trade

June, 2, 2010
6/02/10
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Where is Shawne Williams anyway? Let's hope he's figuring out how to get on with a life outside of basketball. Quite frankly, he didn't do a very good job of getting on with life while in the NBA, squandering his career.

The Dallas Mavericks finally closed the book on their unsuccessful trade for the troubled forward by sending the Indiana Pacers their 57th pick in the upcoming NBA draft, Mavs president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson confirmed Wednesday.

It leaves the Mavericks with just the 50th overall selection in the June 24 draft. New Jersey owns the Mavericks' first-round pick, stemming from the Jason Kidd trade in February 2008.

Williams had several run-ins with the law while with Pacers and Larry Bird finally had enough (the Pacers were having all kinds of off-court thuggery issues) and traded him to the Mavs for Eddie Jones, cash in the amount of Jones' salary (about $1.9 million) and two second-round draft picks. The Pacers used on last year, the 52nd pick, on UConn guard A.J. Price.

Williams played his rookie season under Mavs coach Rick Carlisle at Indiana, so Dallas figured it'd give it a shot and hope Carlisle could knock some sense into the 6-foot-9 forward, who grew up with lean means in Memphis.

When the Mavs acquired him, they warned him that any trouble and there would be serious consequences. Actually, Carlisle put it like this: "His ass will be grass and me, Donnie [Nelson] and Mark [Cuban] would be the lawn mowers."

The Mavs mowed him -- make that, moved him -- out in January 2009 and he's been out of sight, out of mind since.

Although Williams did prove to be an expensive gamble. In October 2008, the Mavs traded Eddie Jones, a 2009 second-round draft pick, which the Pacers turned into guard A.J. Price, another second-round pick in either 2010 or 2011, plus cash in the amount of Jones' salary, which was about $1.9 million.

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