After signing with the Lakers on a non-guaranteed one-year deal back in September, the storied franchise decided to waive Williams before the January seven deadline where his contract would have become fully guaranteed.
The 6-foot-9 forward averaged a measly 5.2 points on 37.7 percent shooting from the floor and a dreadful 32.7 percent from three-point territory. Although Williams hit the occasional open shot and made savvy defensive plays, his PER is recorded at 9.4 which is below the league average of 15.
The former Memphis Tiger had an inefficient season shooting the ball, and as Mike D'Antoni's prototypical stretch four, Williams did not deliver his best performance. His best season came under current head coach D'Antoni in 2010-11 where he achieved a career high 7.1 points while shooting 40.1 percent from three.
Interestingly enough, Williams received a fair amount of playing time— 11 starts in 32 games this season— while averaging 20.2 minutes per game, so it appears L.A. utilized the forward rather frequently.
While center Chris Kaman is riding the pine on the bench this season averaging a career low 17.6 minutes per game, big man Jordan Hill is often playing in small stretches. Now with Williams gone, Hill, Kaman and rookie Ryan Kelly will receive more playing time.
Other non-guaranteed contracts that the Lakers could have potentially waived are Xavier Henry, Kendall Marshall and Kelly. All three players have more upside than Williams, and they have proven to be valuable contributors early in their careers.
The Purple and Gold's roster now stands at 14 players, one under the league maximum.
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