Terrence Williams, the eleventh pick in the 2009 NBA Draft has signed a 10-day contract with the Sacramento Kings, according to Sam Amick.
Williams, who’s been nothing short of a severe disappointment after coming out of Louisville has struggled with both the on-court and mental aspects of the NBA, most notably famous for his demotion to the NBA D-League in 2009:
A few months later, he was upsetting the new New Jersey coaching staff during the summer leagues by gunning during exhibition play. And in the month of November, repeated tardy violations earned Williams a two-game suspension. Further violations, following the suspension, upset Nets coach Avery Johnson so much that he sent the second-year forward to the D-League as punishment.
Terrence Williams had a lot of red flags for teams coming out of Louisville and chronic tardiness with Nets earns him demotion to D-League.
Before Williams was released by the Rockets last week, he apparently walked off the bench mid-way through the second quarter, never returning and played along with the notion that he had a stomach-ache, clearly extending the truth as he wiggled and smirked his way out of another poor decision.
There’s no doubt Terrence Williams is a talented player – you don’t come into the NBA and average 14/7/5 in 30 minutes of action in the final two months of ones rookie year without an immense amount of ability. However, there’s a reason he’s on his third team, released by the previous two, in his fourth NBA season.
I know the Kings are doing their best to scrape the bargain bin, hoping they find a replacement for their small forward struggles. And yes, Geoff Petrie has had success before bringing in problem children, but I don’t think there’s any fixing this one.
It’s only 10 days, which will probably result in another 10 days before the Kings decide if he’s worth keeping through the end of the season, but this is a move I’m not exactly endorsing. No doubt, the talent is there, but for a young team with impressionable attitudes – even 10 days is a bit of a risky move.