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Williams sent to D-League


Williams sent to D-League
Nets NOTEBOOK

The Nets sent Sean Williams to the NBA's equivalent of Siberia yesterday, shipping him to the Colorado 14ers of the Development League, a place from which few players return.

The move is the culmination of Williams' quick fall from favor in coach Lawrence Frank's rotation this season, as he had not played a minute in the last nine games dating to Dec. 12, when he was on the court for six minutes against Toronto.

In one year Williams has gone from promising rookie to near oblivion.

The Nets said they want the second-year big man to get what he wasn't gettting up here - playing time. When Frank and general manager Kiki Vandeweghe told Williams about their plan, Williams said he wanted to try playing some small forward as a way of getting back in the Nets' rotation quicker.

Although Williams doesn't really fit the mold of a three, the Nets told him to go right ahead.

"We want him to play significant minutes," Frank said. "Get an opportunity to play some on the perimeter. The good thing is, because the D-League has a lot of midsize to smaller players, is the ability to guard those guys and get experience and just get an opportunity to play. I think it will be really good for Sean just to get an opportunity to play games and compete so he doesn't lose that feel for playing."

Williams has played in only 16 games this year and averaged 1.6 points and 2.1 rebounds. There was a time last year when Williams became a fan favorite with his blocked shots, put-back dunks and pogo-stick enthusiasm. But this year he grew more and more uncertain of his role and standing on the team, and eventually just became a practice player.

The Nets were not expected to match the Thunder's contract offer to Nenad Krstic by the midnight deadline last night. Oklahoma City offered Krstic a three-year deal worth a little more than $15 million, and he would earn $5.6 million in 2010, when the Nets want to be as far under the salary cap as possible in an attempt to land a marquee free agent.

Krstic, the Nets' first-round pick in 2004 who left to play in Russia this year, could return to New Jersey Jan. 12 to play his old team. Vandeweghe said the Nets didn't want to halt the development of Brook Lopez and Yi Jianlian.

"Right now, our focus is on developing our young players," Vandeweghe said. "That means playing time. So, would there be any playing time for Nenad right now, coming in midseason basically? The answer probably is not enough going forward into 2010."

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Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: December 30, 2008

 

 
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