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Lakers announce signing of Shawne Williams

Sep 3, 2013, 10:01 PM EDT

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The Lakers announced they’ve signed free agent forward Shawne Williams on Tuesday, and while contract terms were not disclosed, it would be difficult to envision the team inking him to a deal that was anything more than partially guaranteed for this season, at best.

Williams was out of the league completely last year, after having multiple issues arise from his use of illegal substances during his five NBA seasons. As recently as February, Williams pled guilty to a marijuana charge, and was arrested in 2007 and 2010 in similar situations.

The appeal here for the Lakers is that Williams had his best season under Mike D’Antoni with the New York Knicks back in 2011, when he appeared in 64 games and shot a career-best 40.1 percent from three-point distance.

When engaged, Williams can be a three-and-D wing player who fits nicely into D’Antoni’s system. With 12 guaranteed contracts in place for next season and a total payroll over $75 million, these are the types of players that L.A. will be looking at to round out its roster — long shots who may or may not be able to help from a talent perspective, and who are willing to come into camp with non- or partially-guaranteed deals.

  1. remyje - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:06 PM


  2. lakerade - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:20 PM


  3. 00maltliquor - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:23 PM


    **throws tomatos on stage**

  4. 00maltliquor - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    The talent pool is dried up by now, I get that, but there are far better options out there still. SMH

  5. money2long - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    someone in management is getting blackmailed. who smoked with this guy in the offseason? was it you jimmy ?

    • money2long - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:59 PM

      jokes aside…these are the signings that sneak up on you and produce.

    • dondada10 - Sep 4, 2013 at 6:29 AM

      His talent level isn’t what has kept him out of the league.

  6. stadix093 - Sep 3, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    Tank mode engaged! Wiggins here we come.

    • 00maltliquor - Sep 4, 2013 at 1:58 AM

      It would never happen but how freakin’ crazy would that be if we landed him?!!

  7. moseskkim - Sep 4, 2013 at 2:39 AM

    The only wiggins lakers possibly getting is Candice wiggins

  8. jacobknicks - Sep 4, 2013 at 7:29 AM

    He’ll make everyone forget all about the dwightmare

  9. dafmediaproductions - Sep 4, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    He’s a good player that can play the 3 and 4. His major issue is staying out of trouble off the court. On the court he is a versatile player that spreads the floor with his shoot, put the ball on the floor when you close out on him and post against SF’s and some PF’s.

    Don’t forget Bird was high on Shawne and he played good under D’Antoni in N.Y..

    • muhangis - Sep 5, 2013 at 9:22 AM

      He sucks. No way to sugar coat it. His production per min played has always been terribly lowed.

      And who cares what Bird says. He’s been wrong on many players in his tenure (just like Jordan, just like Magic, etc..) and Williams is one of them.

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