Jason Williams set to re-up with Orlando, securing a three-deep PG rotation

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jason_williams.jpgUPDATE 1:36 PM: According to Tim Povtak of NBA FanHouse, Williams’ deal with the Magic will be a one-year affair for the veteran minimum ($1.36 million).

11:24 AM: Jason Williams was a fine backup for the Magic last season, albeit one who completely disappeared in the playoffs; his three-point shooting percentage dropped from .380 to .250 in the postseason, while his overall field goal percentage sank from .444 to .342. Considering that Williams can also be a bit turnover-prone and isn’t a plus defender (though his defense was better than anticipated for Orlando last season), those shooting marks made his nearly 15 minutes a game during the Magic’s playoff run almost painful.

Still, he’s a good player, perhaps just not one built for full-time backup duties over the course of an entire season. That’s why the Magic will re-sign Williams to solidify their point guard rotation in ’10-’11, this time behind Jameer Nelson and the recently acquired Chris Duhon.

Players don’t want to be demoted, and even those that are amenable to the idea are often accepting their fate more than embracing the role of a benchwarmer. Yet this is where Williams makes the most sense, and by sharing the backup responsibilities with Duhon, Williams can hopefully keep his legs for the playoffs and offer a point guard alternative with experience running the Magic offense.

Orlando’s decision to sign Chris Duhon earlier this summer was criticized by many, and it still seems to be a curious use of their limited free agent spending power. This signing, though? Quiet, smart, safe. This is the kind of move that makes Otis Smith a quality NBA GM, even if other signings come with more flash.

Chris Bosh with between-the-legs pass to cutting Dwyane Wade (VIDEO)

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Miami is going to be a lot of fun to watch this season (if they can stay healthy).

They’ve got athletic, active players who want to run, who move off the ball, and they have good passers. For example, watch Chris Bosh go between the legs to Dwyane Wade in the Heat’s preseason game Sunday.

Bosh had 14 points, and Wade had a dozen, but Charlotte won the exhibition.


Blake Griffin pre-game dunk knocks down shot clock

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The Clippers went north of the border to take on the Raptors in an exhibition game, but it was on the West Coast of Canada in one of the world’s prettiest cities — Vancouver. The two played at the Rogers Arena.

Where, they may want to upgrade the shot clocks behind the backboards. Watch over the shoulder of the Clippers announcers as Griffin dunks in warmups.

Notice that DeAndre Jordan loves this.

Nice to see Griffin dunking like his old self again. If you want another view, the NBA retweeted this.