Jason Williams denied reinstatement

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  1. blazers21ntnp

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    Updated: February 27, 2009, 10:13 PM ET

    Ex-King Williams denied reinstatement

    By Marc Stein
    ESPN.com
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    Veteran guard Jason Williams' request to be immediately reinstated to the NBA after his voluntary retirement before the season has been denied, ESPN.com has learned.


    League bylaws state that players wishing to return from the voluntary retirement list need unanimous approval from all 30 teams to avoid a one-year mandatory waiting period. According to ballot results obtained Friday, Williams' request was denied by a vote of 24-6.

    But Williams' agent, Dan Tobin, told ESPN.com that the 10-year veteran plans to return to the league next season after sitting out the required 365 days.

    "We anticipated this decision," Tobin said. "So did Jason. But we look forward to seeing Jason back in the NBA in the 2009-10 season.

    "One of the reasons we applied for reinstatement now was that we'd like to try to accelerate the process of him coming back. That will now be discussed between the league and the players' association."

    The six teams that voted against letting Williams return this season, as revealed to all 30 teams via league memo, were Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Minnesota, San Antonio and the Clippers themselves, who would have regained exclusive rights to the 33-year-old had he been reinstated. One suggested motivation for teams blocking Williams' return is the assumption that he would have quickly parted ways with L.A. after reinstatement and signed with a playoff contender for this season's stretch run.

    After signing a one-year deal with the Clippers in August, Williams abruptly changed his mind in September, informing the team that he was prepared to forfeit his contract and filed retirement papers with the league. Williams has yet to publicly discuss his reasons for declining to join the Clippers, but it's believed that he had second thoughts about moving his family to the West Coast after three happy seasons with Miami.

    Williams' request to be reinstated has been described as unchartered territory because a player walking away from an active contract is so uncommon.

    Unless the league relents and reinstates Williams on July 1 in conjunction with NBA free agency, as he now hopes, Williams would have to wait until late September before signing a contract for the 2009-10 season. The Clippers will still hold Williams' rights at point, but it's presumed that the parties would hash out a separation that would make him a free agent.

    In 679 regular-season games, Williams averaged 11.4 points, 6.3 assists and 2.4 rebounds while playing for Sacramento, Memphis and Miami. He has appeared in 53 playoff games, averaging 9.8 points, 3.7 assists and 2.2 rebounds and helping the Heat win its first and only championship in 2006.

    He was drafted by Sacramento in 1998 following his junior year at the University of Florida and was named to the 1999 NBA All-Rookie Team after averaging 12.8 points and 6.0 assists, quickly becoming one of the most popular players in the Kings' Sacramento history in tandem with Chris Webber.

    Williams was dealt to Memphis in a trade featuring Mike Bibby before the 2001-02 season and over the next four seasons became the Grizzlies' career leader in assists and 3-point attempts. He joined the Heat before the 2005-06 season as part of a trade by team president Pat Riley which drew considerable criticism initially, before Williams and Antoine Walker helped Shaquille O'Neal, Dwyane Wade and Riley win a championship in the newcomers' first season in Miami.

    Marc Stein is a senior NBA writer for ESPN.com.
     
  2. jwill jr

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    ah man....! I cant wait to see him back next Year..!!!!!!!!!!! thanks for the post I was waiting for something like this..!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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  5. N41D

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    I can understand San Antonio, Houston, and Atlanta... But what the ##!* do Chicago, Minnesota, and the Clippers care for? [​IMG] Ain't like him goingsomewhere is gonna keep their sorry @+%#+ outta the playoffs or hurt their positioning...
     
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  7. japanair21

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    The Clippers are mad he retired on them in the first place, Kevin McHale doesn't like black people and the Bulls probably thought it was the other Jason Williams. [​IMG]

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  8. DYNAMICS

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    Asian Incident?

    Anyways hope his knees are good and back to contribute next season.
     
  9. kash55

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    haha
     
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  11. fenixconnexion.

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    he made some racial remarks insulting gays and asians during a game, I'm asian and I don't care too much he's still one of my favoriteplayers

    next year hopefully he'll be back in good form [​IMG]
     
  12. rgrooms13

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    Shouldn't there be like an uneven numbers of voters in case of a tie?

    vote has to be all for it....or it is denied....
    I am bummed about this.... Jason is from my area in WV, I haven't been aqble to follow the NBA since he has been out.... I know he is not the best PG but Ican't wait for him to return....Go Panthers!!!!!
     
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  14. e3lal

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    I'm saying...
     
  15. whyte1der05five

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    Damn

    I was hoping he was going to be reinstated.


    Reguardless, knowing hell be back next year makes me happy.


    He retired on my anniversary ... ruined my day completely.

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    $*%+ that lame!! [​IMG]

    See you next year dumb *!% [​IMG]
     
  18. vdub1423.insidehoops

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    o well back to the ranch for him lol
     
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    My expression
     
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  21. jwill jr

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    The Clippers are mad he retired on them in the first place, Kevin McHale doesn't like black people and the Bulls probably thought it was the other Jason Williams. [​IMG]

    Edit: Wait, didn't the "Asian incident" happen against the Clippers? Edit: Warriors. Close enough.



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  22. parada45

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    J will is that dude
     
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    I hope he signs with the heat next year
     
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  25. kingofny04

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    The level of interest in his ability is well below what he probably thinks he is worth.