The Celtics have been depleted. They have lost three players for the season in a three-week period.
First, they lost Rajon Rondo because of a torn ACL. And then they lost rookie Jared Sullinger because of back surgery. Finally, they lost Leandro Barbosa to a knee injury. As mentioned, all are lost for the season.
Celtics President Danny Ainge said he was not optimistic that he’ll make a trade but he did say they’ll try to get better somehow. Well, help may be on the way for the Celtics. Here’s Ken Berger of CBS Sports:
The Celtics have signed guard Terrence Williams to a 10-day contract.
— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) February 20, 2013
Terrence Williams last played in the NBA in the 2011-12 season. He played 18 games for the Sacramento Kings. He last played professional basketball in China for the Guangdong Southern Tigers.
Williams was a lottery pick, drafted 11th overall by the New Jersey Nets after staying four years in Louisville. People lauded his athleticism and his potential. In his rookie season with the Nets, he had a triple-double. He scored 27 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists. In the 2010-11 season, he was traded to the Houston Rockets. He would wind up being cut next season and would be picked up by the Sacramento Kings.
Williams has had several run-ins with coaches (he was late to practices several times) and that’s been the reason why he couldn’t stick in the league. Now that he’s with the Celtics, maybe guys like Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and head coach Doc Rivers can talk sense into him. There’s no doubt about his talent but now it’s time to harness that talent and make him into a very good player.
As for what Williams can do, he can definitely help at the wing positions. The closest they have to a point guard is Avery Bradley, who really is a combo guard. But they would get the depth they used to have at the guard position with Williams in the mix. He can also back up Paul pierce if needed.
Williams has career numbers of 7.6 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 2.5 assists in 129 total games thus far.