A familiar face has rejoined the Purple and Gold.
After being waived on January seven before his contract would have become fully guaranteed, the Los Angeles Lakers have signed forward Shawne Williams to a 10-day contract due to an injury-riddled squad.
Even with the signing of Williams, the Lakers only had nine available players in today's loss against the Chicago Bulls — Steve Blake, Steve Nash, Wesley Johnson, Chris Kaman, Kendall Marshall, Ryan Kelly, Robert Sacre, Jordan Hill and Williams.
In his first tenure with L.A. this season, Williams averaged a paltry 5.2 points on 37.7 percent shooting from the field. And in his first two games back, the former Memphis Tiger finished with seven and four points while shooting 33 percent on both occasions.
Williams remains a favorite of head coach Mike D'Antoni's, and although he is struggling shooting the ball, he will certainly continue to receive minutes off the bench — for now.
Because Williams is on a 10-day contract, it is uncertain whether he will be re-signed for the remainder of the season. Just ask former Lakers shooting guard, Manny Harris, who was recently let go after playing on two consecutive 10-day contracts.
With players like Jordan Farmar, Jodie Meeks and Pau Gasol set to return sometime after the All-Star break, the Lakers may not choose to extend Williams' contract.
Despite Williams' uncertain future with L.A., the 6-foot-9 forward has proven that he is an NBA caliber player this season with his toughness, good work ethic and shooting ability.
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