The Lakers announced they’ve signed free agent forward Shawne Williams on Tuesday, and while contract terms were not disclosed, it would be difficult to envision the team inking him to a deal that was anything more than partially guaranteed for this season, at best.
Williams was out of the league completely last year, after having multiple issues arise from his use of illegal substances during his five NBA seasons. As recently as February, Williams pled guilty to a marijuana charge, and was arrested in 2007 and 2010 in similar situations.
The appeal here for the Lakers is that Williams had his best season under Mike D’Antoni with the New York Knicks back in 2011, when he appeared in 64 games and shot a career-best 40.1 percent from three-point distance.
When engaged, Williams can be a three-and-D wing player who fits nicely into D’Antoni’s system. With 12 guaranteed contracts in place for next season and a total payroll over $75 million, these are the types of players that L.A. will be looking at to round out its roster — long shots who may or may not be able to help from a talent perspective, and who are willing to come into camp with non- or partially-guaranteed deals.