June 8, 2006 -- The Nets' search for a backup point guard could come to a guy born just a few counties away: Jay Williams, the former No. 2 overall pick by Chicago out of Duke who will work out for the team Saturday, June 17.
The Nets, who have acknowledged their intrigue in the Plainfield, N.J.-born Williams, yesterday finalized the workout date.
Williams, 24, hopes to make a comeback to the NBA from a devastating motorcycle accident in June 2003 when he suffered a fractured pelvis, torn knee ligaments and damaged nerves in his left leg. He averaged 9.5 points and 4.7 assists in 2002-03 for the Bulls, who bought out the remaining two years of his contract for about $3 million and waived him.
Williams worked out last week for the Raptors and told reporters, "I actually think I'm ready to play now . . . I'm not going to be a point guard who's going to try to score 40 points, I'm going to be a guy who's going to get all my teammates involved."
The Nets have been in constant contact with Williams' camp and now are anxious to see him following his injury.
what do you guys think of this Duke product? do you think his convalescent is complete? do you think he can fit into the Nets offense as the backup PG? do you think Kidd can teach him a thing or two?
personally I saw a few games in his rookie season, especially that game in whcih he dropped a 3D on none other than.. Jason Kidd.. and this kid has potential.
but he could be that Jerry Stackhouse-type spark off the bench the Nets need to raise it to the next level.
(yeah I know Stackhouse was a 29ppg scorer once, but i said Stackhouse-like)
what do you think?