Gary Washburn, an NBA columnist for the Boston Globe is reporting that the Boston Celtics have signed former Louisville star Terrence Williams to a ten-day contract.
Williams is reportedly waiting to be officially cleared from his previous team in China and could make his debut tomorrow night with the Celtics as they travel to Denver to face the Nuggets.
After failing to sign with an NBA team after training camp, Williams signed with the Guangdong Southern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association. In 27 games for Guangdong, Williams averaged 17.9 points, 4.1 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 1.2 steals in just 27.0 minutes per game. He left China last week due to a death in the family and informed the Guangdong Southern Tigers that he would not be returning.
Williams has been well traveled since leaving Louisville in 2009. He was taken in the lottery of the 2009 NBA draft by the New Jersey Nets, but was traded to the Houston Rockets during his second season. After playing very few minutes in Houston, Williams was eventually released. He then signed a 10-day contract with the Sacramento Kings and played well enough to earn a contract for the remainder of the 2011-12 season. In 129 NBA games, Williams has averaged 7.6 points 4 rebounds and 2.5 assists.
The Boston Celtics recently lost Rajon Rondo, Jared Sullinger and Leandro Barbosa to season ending injuries. Celtins general manager Danny Ainge and head coach Doc Rivers both spoke openly last week that they’d be open to signing the best available player rather than bringing up someone from the NBA developmental league.
Let’s hope this is an opportunity that Williams is able to make the most of. I’m sure being out of the league just three years after being taken in the lottery was a humbling experience for T-Will.