"Point guard Jason Williams, who is trying to return to the NBA after a self-imposed, one-year retirement, will be in Memphis this weekend for a meeting and a workout with the Grizzlies.
Williams, 33, is expected to formally clear waivers Thursday, making him an unrestricted free agent and available to any team in the league. The Clippers, who had signed him to a contract a year ago before he retired, waived their exclusive right to him last week.
The Knicks also have shown interest in Williams, according to NBA sources. Williams, who last played for the Miami Heat (2005-2008), has been working out in Orlando, where he makes his off-season home."
Hopefully, things do not get this far. I would not mind Williams, but if the Knicks bring him in here, that would mean that they lost out on Jamaal Tinsley and Ramon Sessions. Back in his day, Williams was a pretty good PG. He was the starting PG on a Miami Heat title team. But the Heat wanted him out of Miami in a bad way during the final months of his tenure there. I remember his knees appeared shot.
At the very least, the Knicks need a third PG to pair with Toney Douglas and Chris Duhon. I am all for trying to develop Douglas, but if he does not pan out right away (how many rookies actually do?), then I do not want to see D'Antoni sticking with Duhon for 40 mpg. D'Antoni wants to win games, regardless of who is on the floor. I do not think he is the type of guy to get wrapped up in which guy has a big contract or which guy is a young player here for the future. While many of us want to see Douglas develop, D'Antoni has not proven to be a coach that will allow a developing player to play big minutes while being overmatched. That is where the third PG comes into the picture.
As of right now, I think it would be a miracle to get Sessions for less than the MLE and for less than five years. His restricted status hurts that idea. But he is still #1 on my list. Next, depending on the meeting yesterday, I would prefer Tinsley. He is a NY guy and has apparently stated that he wants to be here next year to revive his career. At 31 years old, he is not ancient and he probably has plenty left in the tank. He is a very good passer that can form a good tandem with Chris Duhon. Douglas can still find time with those two. Don't worry about that.
Depth at the point is a an important thing to have. Last year proved that.