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Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Agent: Williams to decide by Wednesday

By Ian Begley

If the Knicks want to sign Shawne Williams, they may only have two more days -- at most -- to make their pitch.

Williams' agent Happy Walters told ESPNNewYork.com by phone Monday that he expects Williams to commit to a team by Wednesday. The free-agent forward had a breakout season in New York last year.

Walters has been in contact with the Knicks in recent days.

"They know where we stand we know where we stand," he said.

Interim general manager Glen Grunwald said on Monday that the Knicks are over the salary cap. They can offer free agents the $2.5 million "room" exception which can used for a maximum of two years.

After a season in which he made a career-high 40% of his 3-point attempts and showed value as a defender, Williams has likely commanded strong offers from other suitors.

The Mavericks, Heat and Lakers have all reportedly shown interest in Williams.

In an interview with HOOPSWORLD.com posted last Friday, Williams hinted that his first choice would be to return to New York.

"I’m not going to lie, that’s where I want to be," said Williams, who averaged seven points and nearly four rebounds off the bench last season. "I’ve never been with a team [for] two years."

"I feel like I’m acquainted with coach [Mike] D'Antoni and the staff ... and we’ve got great fans, so that’s a place I want to play," he added.

He said in the interview that he'll listen to "all comers."

"'I'm not going to say I'm one of the Paul Pierces or the Chris Pauls of the league and I can pick where I want to go," said Williams. "As a free agent, I’m going to entertain who ever offers. But hopefully I'll be with the Knicks. If it don’t work, out I had fun with the Knicks and it was a great season with them last year."

On Saturday, D'Antoni said he'd like to see Williams return to the Knicks.

"I know that he’s got some interest elsewhere and he’s looking, which he should," D'Antoni said. "Right now, he's taking care of the business end and hopefully it works out and come back to us. But we’ll just see how it shakes out."

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