The Los Angeles Lakers might have narrowed down their search for a player to fill one of the last two rosters spots with the team reportedly bringing Shawne Williams to training camp according to Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork.com via Twitter:
The Lakers will have ex-#Knick Shawne Williams in training camp. Mike D’Antoni is a big fan. Williams worked out for NY in late June.
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) July 19, 2013
Williams has played for the Indiana Pacers, Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks and New Jersey Nets after being drafted out of Memphis with the 17th overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft. Although considered a promising young player early in his career, Williams didn’t even play in the NBA last season.
The Memphis alum has struggled staying out of trouble over the past few years with multiple arrests for drug related charges leading to many teams passing on the opportunity to sign the once-promising forward.
During his five seasons in the NBA, Williams averaged 5.7 points and 2.8 rebounds per game.
Along with Williams, the Lakers are evaluating other players during the summer league with Chris Douglas-Roberts still a possibly for the storied franchise. Lamar Odom remains a name still floating around on the free agent market with the Lakers already showing interest in the two-time NBA champion, but there’s been no new news in terms of former Sixth Man of the Year returning to the Lakers on a one-year deal.
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