This was the goal when the NBA expanded the roster by two by adding two-way contracts to the mix, allowing players to develop between the G-League and the NBA big club.
The combination of injuries and roster changes gave C.J. Williams a chance at the two-guard with the Clippers this season, and he took advantage, starting 18 games and playing in 36 total for the team. It was enough that Los Angeles is giving him a multi-year contract, reports Shams Charania of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports.
How much of that deal, if any beyond this season, is fully guaranteed remains to be seen.
Williams was respectable for the Clippers this season, even if his raw numbers were not overwhelming — 5.3 points, 1.4 rebounds, 1 assists per game shooting 31% from three (on a couple of attempts per night). He was solid defensively but needs to be a more consistent outside scoring threat (which he was in the G-League).
Williams is 28 years old, he can improve some but he’s not going to make massive leaps. That said, at an affordable price (this deal is almost certainly at or near the minimum) he can be a reliable addition to the roster.