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Hawks waive Jordan Williams, expect some team to grab him

Sep 18, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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You can add one new name to the list of available power forward free agents, one that will quickly move to the top of the board for a lot of teams.

The Atlanta Hawks waived Jordan Williams, the second-year player out of Maryland. Williams had been with the Nets last season but was traded to the Hawks as part of the Joe Johnson deal.

Williams started out last season slowly (and not in great shape) but played his way into shape and due to injuries got more run as the season wore on. And he showed potential in those minutes — he didn’t score a lot (4.7 per game and he has no shooting range to speak of) but rebounded pretty well on both ends of the floor and played within himself. He’s no lock for a long NBA career, but you can see potential in him.

For teams looking for another big, most would rather have a young player with potential than a veteran on the down side of their career. It’s why he will be off the market pretty quickly.

The Hawks made this move after re-signing their own promising young big man Ivan Johnson.

  1. nolanwiffle - Sep 18, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    Dude should have stayed in College Park another two years…..he’d have been an NBA beast.

  2. liquidityjones - Sep 18, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    He’s a poor man’s Lonnie Baxter

  3. Roy Pumphrey - Sep 18, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    When i buy a TV i spend time talking to friends, time on the internet doing some homework and time looking at the quality of potential sets at stores.

    You’d think when kids are deciding to go pro or stay in college they MIGHT consider all of the outcomes and not just believe what they want to believe/what ‘friends’ are telling them.

    Jordan didn’t’ want to go to class , Jordan didn’t’ want to play a 3rd college season with a new head coach……and now Jordan doesn’t want to go to Europe to play basketball. Hopefully it’s lesson learned , the hard way all be it, you must do things you don’t want to do sometimes to get what you want.

    Now push your fat butt away from the table and get in shape……and W O R K on your game!

  4. mjbulls45 - Sep 18, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    if he NEVER LEFT…

    Gary Williams would have stayed and with p’shawn howard/terrell stoglin backcourt would have been lethal,

    stoglin got screwed over this past draft, turgeron ruined the program,

    the football program is ruined too,

    thanks to the new AD – maryland sports is not absolutely irrelevant ,

    at least Fridge was sending players to the NFL 24/7,

    and Garyland was a clean competitive program , most wins vs #1 teams ever – sir Gary.

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