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Heat sign Shawne Williams

Aug 1, 2014, 1:51 PM EST

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Shawne Williams has experience with recently great teams that have fallen on hard times.

He played for the Lakers last season.

Heck, he even began the season as their starting power forward, signaling tough times ahead in Los Angeles.

Thankfully for the Heat, even with LeBron James gone, they won’t have to rely on Williams nearly as much.

Heat team release:

The Miami HEAT announced today that they have signed forward Shawne Williams.

Williams had a bounce-back year with the Lakers last season after a rough stint with the Nets in 2011-12 and falling out of the league in 2012-13. He defends fine, and he defensively rebounded better than ever. Still, he shot just 38 percent from the field and 33 percent on 3-pointers.

Maybe Williams can scrap for minutes behind Luol Deng at small forward. A broken-down Danny Granger is in that mix, but he might be needed more behind Dwyane Wade. Rookie James Ennis is the other primary contender for minutes at three. Of course, Erik Spoelstra could go all Tom Thibodeau and play Deng 48 minutes every game.

At one point, Pat Riley said re-signing Michael Beasley remained possible, according to Jason Lieser of The Palm Beach Post. Now, it seems Williams will fill the Beasley role.

  1. miamatt - Aug 1, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    Well, I guess every team fills the bottom of the roster with minimum salary guys.

    I can’t say for sure I know who this guy is, though.

    • spursareold - Aug 1, 2014 at 2:45 PM

      Lots of suspensions, lots of stupidity.

      • bkbell3 - Aug 1, 2014 at 2:55 PM

        old history, he played for the knicks a few years ago when they gave him a second chance and he played and shot well and seems to have turned his career around.

      • spursareold - Aug 1, 2014 at 3:32 PM

        He was suspended for fighting while playing for the Knicks.

  2. 00maltliquor - Aug 1, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    I know free agency has come to a grinding halt, but this is the type of player you sign in September. I mean, there are still a lot of way more viable options out there. This is really scraping the bottom of the barrel right here!

    And what does that say about Beasley!!!?? I mean, THIS very guy has had legal problems in the past with marijuana and I think a DUI and he ain’t even a quarter of the player Beasley is. And that’s REALLY saying something!

    • turnmymicup - Aug 1, 2014 at 5:17 PM

      Name some of these options plz? Not being sarcastic really want to hear this.

  3. patriotsarespygaters - Aug 1, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    Haha no wonder James left wth

    • casualcommenter - Aug 1, 2014 at 3:50 PM

      Yes.

      LeBron James left the Heat a month ago because they signed Shawne Williams today.

      • 88heatnation - Aug 1, 2014 at 6:40 PM

        Lol. Perfect answer.

  4. casualcommenter - Aug 1, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    Not a bad signing for 14th man on a roster.
    He’s a pretty good defender and he’s had some decent seasons shooting from 3, as a rookie and in New York.

    Every 2 years or so, he gets arrested for drug possession (2007, 2010, 2012), but he’s not a bad reclamation project for the Heat for the minimum deal.

    • spursareold - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:45 PM

      Unfortunately, looking at those arrest intervals, he will likely get busted this year. Being in Miami won’t help things.

  5. mogogo1 - Aug 1, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    Beasley was right at 50% shooting last season overall, 39% from 3. They replace him with a guy who shot 38% overall. Maybe there were problems behind the scenes with Beasley, but his stats on the court were pretty good. He seemed to give them exactly what they wanted when they signed him. I still can’t figure out why he was sitting on the bench for most of the Finals while Miami was struggling to score any points.

  6. cantonbound13 - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    Hahaha! In Riley they trust! Hahaha! First An old Granger, then McRoberts, a beat up Deng & now Williams???? Riley needs to retire. Oh yeah, I forgot the best part, resigning Chalmers! Hahahaha!!!! This is priceless!

    • bobbybouche305 - Aug 1, 2014 at 6:55 PM

      Priceless is THE 7 RINGS HE WEARS…..Priceless is Gilbert and his crayons…..LMAO!!!!!#inpatwetrust……#GilbertlovesCrayola….#Slothlovebabyruth…

    • bcb11 - Aug 1, 2014 at 7:09 PM

      A fan of the Lakers laughing at the Heat signing Williams? Oh, the unintentional irony. Seriously though, once you get down to 13th, 14th man, there are no stars. If he was signed specifically to replace James, I could see where you’re coming from, but names at that point are mostly interchangeable.

  7. asimonetti88 - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    There are worse depth pieces than Shawne Williams

  8. imakcds - Aug 1, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    He was nothing more than adequate when he got on the court for the Lakers last year…not sure if he was cut because of salary cap/cba legal stuff, but, think about it, he couldn’t make a very pathetic Laker squad that was seriously deficient on the front line.

    • 00maltliquor - Aug 2, 2014 at 2:38 AM

      Truth. We cut his sorry beehind. Then we later picked him up on a 10 day contract when the injuries started to pile up higher then Mt. Everest.

      Honestly, he’s not horrible. But he’s really an end of the bench-leaking into 13-14-15th man territory.

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