Former Louisville star Terrence Williams has left the Guangdong Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association. According to a report from USBasket.com, Williams has left the team due to a recent death in the family and will not be able to return to the team, due to personal reasons.
In an unexpected turn of events, the league leading Guangdong Southern Tigers just lost the services of former NBA lottery pick Terrence Williams. Williams who along with Ike Diogu and the return of prodigal son, Yi Jianlian, have led the Tigers to the best record in the league and a #1 seed in the upcoming CBA playoffs which is just under 3 weeks away.
Williams, due to a recent death in the family, will be unable to return to the team, due to the sensitive nature of the issue, the team allowed Williams to leave. Williams was outstanding in his time with the team, as he averaged 17.9ppg and 3 rpg and 4 apg while playing just under 27 minutes a game. Losing Williams will be a huge blow to a team that was looking to regain that championship form, which saw the Tigers win 7 of the last 9 CBA championships. There has been no word of a replacement, if any.
In 29 games for Guangdong, Williams averaged 17.1 points, 4.1 assists, and 3.4 rebounds. He ended up playing professionally in China after not receiving a guaranteed deal from an NBA team during training camp. In March, Williams will have the option to sign a prorated deal with an NBA team and be playoff eligible.