Jun 21, 2011, 7:44 PM EDT
The Golden State Warriors have extended a qualifying offer to guard/forward Reggie Williams, the team announced today, making him a restricted free agent. Per team policy, financial terms were not disclosed.
Williams, 24, appeared in 80 games last season (nine starts), averaging 9.2 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 20.3 minutes per contest. Among NBA leaders, he ranked ninth in the NBA in three-point percentage (.423) after connecting on 102 of 241 three-point attempts. In 22 games when logging 25-or-more minutes last season, Williams averaged 17.2 points. In two NBA seasons, both with Golden State, the VMI product has appeared in 104 games, averaging 10.6 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 23.1 minutes.
By extending a qualifying offer to Williams prior to the June 30 deadline, the Warriors retain the ability to match any offer sheet that the player signs with another team this off-season.
The Warriors plucked Williams from the D-League in 2010, and he’s been a success story for them. Other teams will be able to make offers to Williams, but I’d be very surprised if he wasn’t on the Warriors’ roster next season.
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