This was a fantastic move by Flip Saunders and the front office. The Wolves’ bench has been dreadful the past few seasons, and part of the blame can be credited for the Wolves not having a true point guard running the show.
J.J. Barea has had his fair share of spectacular moments for the Wolves, but Barea’s score-first mentality has limited what other players off the bench can do.
Williams had a solid season with Portland last year putting up nearly 10 ppg along with 4.3 apg and 2.1 rpg on 41 FG% and 37 3PT%.
The 11 year veteran can line up at either guard position, and while only 6’1, 195lbs can pull his weight against two guards.
In a bench unit that is looking better and better with Williams, Zach LaVine, Gorgui Dieng, Shabazz Muhammad and Chase Budinger to name a few contributors, Williams’ primary role will likely be distributing, but he can be called upon for scoring if needed.
While the shooting percentages leave a lot to be desired, Williams is a streaky shooter who can get hot in a hurry and can put up points at will.
Williams’ contract is pretty flexible. While it would have been preferred to be closer to $3 million instead of $3.75, it is only a one-year deal with no options. After this season, Williams is gone and the Wolves do have the choice to re-sign him, but there is no long term financial commitments present.
Williams inclusion on the roster likely marks the end for J.J Barea and/or Alexey Shved, and it is certainly possible that one of them is involved in the looming Kevin Love trade.
My prediction is the Wolves hold on to Shved but ship Barea off to a different destination, either in a trade involving Love or a separate trade altogether.
The veteran floor general should be excited to lead the Wolves’ bench and the fans may finally be able to see some real production from the Williams-led reserves.
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