Catching up a bit on yesterday’s news, the Magic announced they have waived point guard Jason Williams. Williams had been relegated to the bench behind Jameer Nelson, Gilbert Arenas and even Chris Duhon and was apparently very unhappy with it.
The 12-year pro played 16 games with Orlando this year, averaging 2.1 points and 1.5 assists per game. He played in all 82 games last year as the team’s backup point guard behind Nelson. He started in 18 games and averaged 6.0 points per game and 3.6 assists per game.
Really ever since the team signed him in the offseason for a second year, it was unclear whether he would get playing time. Duhon had just been signed to backup Nelson and Williams was getting out of the rotation. Some knee issues early in the season kept him out.
Williams just never could get meaningful minutes. And that seemed to be the divisive issue.
He missed the team’s last two road trips and apparently this one was not a coincidence.
“This is a buyout that’s been discussed for some time,” Williams’ agent, Dan Tobin, told Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel. “It’s mutually beneficial. They’ll have three quality point guards instead of four and it’ll give him an opportunity to play elsewhere when that opportunity presents itself. He’s not retiring.”
Things just did not work out for Williams and the Magic this year. A split was probably for the best.