Wednesday, August 4th, 2010 at 10:45 am  |  10 responses

Jason Williams To Stay In Orlando

Looks like White Chocolate has another year to work on his legacy. The Orlando Sentinel reports: “The defending Southeast Division champions re-signed 34-year-old Jason Williams on Tuesday, even though Williams likely will enter the season as the team’s third-string point guard behind starter Jameer Nelson and fellow free-agent signee Chris Duhon. ‘I think Jason can handle the role,’ said Otis Smith, the Magic’s president of basketball operations. It’s believed that Williams signed a one-year contract worth $1.35 million, the minimum for a player with at least 10 years of NBA experience. Orlando now has 13 players with guaranteed contracts for the upcoming season. Williams likely will be the team’s final significant free-agent acquisition of the summer, though the team might sign a couple of players to unguaranteed contracts to provide extra bodies for the preseason. Williams excelled last season after he took a year off to help his wife through a difficult pregnancy. The Magic posted a 14-4 record when Williams started at point guard when Nelson was injured. Williams finished the season averaging 6.0 points and 3.6 assists per game. ‘He knows how to play,’ Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said Tuesday. ‘He knows what we’re doing. He knows the other guys. He’s just got a great spirit about him, a great enthusiasm and a great upbeat personality that helps our team. If you look at our team, I don’t think there’s anybody in the league that’s deeper at that position than we are. We have three starting-caliber point guards. Clearly, Jameer’s injuries in the past two years, and especially two years ago, have made it really clear how important it is to have solid people at that position, and we have done that.’ Smith acknowledged that he spoke with Williams to make sure Williams could handle limited playing time, if necessary.”

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  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    I just stepped the f*ck back.

  • http://twitter.com/on_ray henry

    has anyone else never liked duhon’s game

  • Iain_i20

    Henry I agree, duhon is actually wack, I got no time for him at all!

  • http://aol.com Run’N'Gun219

    “you aint writting nothing homeboy”

  • MikeC.

    Henry – as a Knicks fan, I saw a lot of Duhon the last 2 years. He’s perfectly suited to be a backup behind a PG that plays big minutes. He’s a solid defender, so you don’t lose anything on D with him. On O, he’s not a very good shooter, but can get streaky, he won’t do anything great, but he stays within the team concept. Solid backup. Bad if he’s your starter.

  • MikeC.

    I guess this puts the kibosh on ESPN’s story that was posted last night, stating that Williams had signed with the Heat.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    what does Duhon actually do for a team…?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    RunNgun’s comment is the best J-Will moment ever.

  • total scrotal implosion

    Hubie and jwills first practices together must have been cosmic

  • underdog

    Great news! I’m not a big Orlando fan, but I dig J-Will’s game.