Saturday, June 22, 2013
Ex-Knick Williams to work out Monday
By Ian Begley
Shawne Williams, who played for the Knicks in 2010-11, recently worked out for the team and could be a potential replacement for Chris Copeland.
Ex-Knick and current free agent Shawne Williams will work out for New York on Monday, agent Happy Williams confirmed.
Shawne Williams had a breakout season with the Knicks in 2010-11, averaging 7.1 points, 3.7 rebounds and nearly one block, while shooting 40.1 percent from downtown.
He has struggled in the two seasons since. He signed with the Nets in the 2011 offseason and was traded to Portland in the Gerald Wallace deal.
Williams, a 2006 first-round pick, was also arrested on drug charges late last year.
The Knicks were disappointed Williams decided to sign with the Nets rather than re-sign with New York in the 2010-11 offseason. He was a strong perimeter threat in his brief stint with the Knicks.
The fact that they are working him out may indicate that those hard feelings have softened.
Williams will probably be available for a minimum contract this summer. Last year, Chris Copeland emerged as a big who can knock down the outside shot. If the Knicks lose Copeland in free agency, the Knicks could look at Williams -- among others -- as a replacement.