The Brooklyn Nets are taking a chance on Alan Williams as the two sides agree to a two-way deal for the 2018-2019 season.
With training camp approaching, the Brooklyn Nets continue to round out their roster with the signing of Alan Williams.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN was first with the report:
Former Sun Alan Williams has agreed to a two-way deal with the Nets, league source tells ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 14, 2018
An undrafted rookie out of UC Santa Barbara, Williams made 10 appearances for Phoenix in the 2015-2016 season.
He returned to the Suns the following year, appearing for an increased 47 games. Williams averaged 7.4 points and 6.2 rebounds for the 2016-2017 season.
That play earned the big man a three-year deal with Phoenix worth $17 million. His potential future with the team up-ended when he tore his MCL to start the 2017-2018 season.
Williams didn’t return until the tail-end of the year, but nonetheless played in five games for the Suns. He averaged 4 points and 4.4 rebounds in his comeback to the court.
Still, Phoenix had other plans for the future, most of which involved making a return to the playoffs in 2019. Williams was waived and made a free agent in July.
Signed to a two-way deal, there’s no guarantee he’ll play much in Brooklyn. Williams will likely spend most of the season with their G-League affiliate, the Long Island Nets.
Regardless, it’s the opportunity to get back on some platform and display his progress as he returns from injury.
Jared Dudley (acquired by the Nets in July) was quick to provide praise for Williams once ESPN announced the deal:
Def a NBA player.. Once he shows he’s healthy he’ll be on a team by end of the year. His energy, rebounding , and being a good teammate are crucial for any locker room! https://t.co/q9vKgi5370
— Jared Dudley (@JaredDudley619) September 14, 2018
Dudley and Williams played together in Phoenix the last two seasons and now will reunite in Brooklyn.
For the Nets, this is an opportunity to buy-in low on a potential backup center. For Alan Williams, it’s another chance at continuing his career in basketball.