Hawks request waivers on Jordan Williams (updated)

Vivlamore reporting.

The Hawks requested waivers on Jordan Williams Monday.

Williams, a 6-foot-10 forward, was obtained from Brooklyn as part of the July 11th trade for Joe Johnson. Last season with the Nets he averaged 4.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 14.8 minutes in 43 games. The Nets selected Williams in the second round of the 2011 draft out of Maryland.

There was a buyout component to the roster move. The Hawks now have 13 guaranteed contracts, including Ivan Johnson and Mike Scott. The Hawks are allowed 15 guaranteed contracts so there remains some roster flexibility. They could use the flexibility to add a player now or wait should a need or a trade arise during the season.

- Chris Vivlamore

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doc

September 17th, 2012
7:41 pm

wow! surprise.

doc

September 17th, 2012
7:42 pm

ivan signing seemed to roll this guy out of town?

High-sider

September 17th, 2012
7:51 pm

doc

September 17th, 2012
8:05 pm

no second h-s. same person one and two. ;-)

Just Joe

September 17th, 2012
8:28 pm

A 2 for 1, or 3 for 1, trade coming? Another free agent signing? The timing suggests a corresponding move about to be made.

The Truth

September 17th, 2012
8:33 pm

This is good news (sad to say). He was over-weight in the SL and showed very little.

Buddy Grizzard

September 17th, 2012
8:45 pm

I linked this yesterday:

http://www.rantsports.com/nba/2012/09/13/atlanta-hawks-2012-13-player-profile-fc-jordan-williams/

Williams showed up to camp last year with the Nets out of shape and overweight. I doubt Ferry would be cutting him if the coaching staff hadn’t had a chance to get a look at him and see if the same applied this year. I just don’t see them cutting loose an asset. Then again, maybe Williams is fine but more roster moves are coming and the Hawks needed the roster spot. If Williams’ salary was not fully guaranteed and they can cut him and only pay part of it, maybe that’s the reasoning.

Buddy Grizzard

September 17th, 2012
8:47 pm

Then again maybe this is just to create some court time for Mike Scott, whom the organization loves for some unfathomable reason.

Buddy Grizzard

September 17th, 2012
8:48 pm

So much for that theory:

Eric Pincus: Interesting to see the Hawks waive Jordan Williams – whose contract was fully guaranteed for the coming season Twitter

random

September 17th, 2012
8:49 pm

indeed it is good news.

AG

September 17th, 2012
9:09 pm

As in most write up, I also read about him and was excited. Yet, in the SL, he showed NOTHING. I would prefer to have Benson. This team had enough PF’s.

Melvin

September 17th, 2012
9:23 pm

He’s not going to be missed. I rather have the roster flexibility than have dead weight on the end of the bench. Hopefully, gone are the days using a roster sport for unproductive vets like Ethan Thomas, Joe Smith, Erik Dampier and Collins

i_am_soulstar

September 17th, 2012
9:35 pm

He was going to play here anyway.

i_am_soulstar

September 17th, 2012
9:35 pm

doc

September 17th, 2012
10:03 pm

first!

heh heh

Melvin

September 17th, 2012
10:16 pm

Doc,

FYI…. I jumped the broom with Ms.Kiss Cam two weeks ago….

Basketball Digest

September 17th, 2012
10:17 pm

I think this is a great!!!!

GRRREEATT move Danny!

This guy can play. Hes pretty much a rookie who only had a couple years at Maryland. He is truely 6′10″ plays both power forward and Center, (like Al ) but if you asked him he’d say he wouldn’t mind playing center at All. Hes big and strong at a solid 260 lbs. He is very physical and not only loves to block shots but he has broken a glass backboard during a game Ala Chocolate Thunder.

His offense is not bad, pretty much the same as you get with Al. I think their college averages were about 1 pt difference..or so.This guy has more low post moves than Al.

Hes young and will only get better. Think Al horford but more of a beast, bigger and stronger.

I think this guy has a good future ahead of him. In 2 or 3 years he will be better than Al for sure. So this to me is a step in the right direction. He makes Al more expendable during trade season.

Do, I think this guy will be the center we are looking for to win with?

No, not at this time. But he is still a growing puppy and could turn into something good.

All and All I like this move. It certainly gives us more options at the low post, I do want to add that he will need more time to develop.

Basketball Digest

September 17th, 2012
10:25 pm

I really like this guy. when he was drafted he was 6′9″ 247 @ 21 years of age, now at 23 (he will be in October) this guy has added 13lbs and grew an inch. He will fill out more as he gets older and his body matures. He comes from the finesse Maryland Terrapins where he was a force. All this guy needs is a chance to develop. Nice pick up.

Here’s the Draft skinny on the kid

http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/Jordan-Williams-5864/

Basketball Digest

September 17th, 2012
10:30 pm

doc

September 17th, 2012
10:54 pm

congrats to you both melvin! she is delightful and a real good catch. nice! i still chuckle at that.

Ctrim

September 17th, 2012
10:56 pm

Agreed he will probably get bigger – will take my chances with Al

glw

September 17th, 2012
11:42 pm

I suppose that it confirms he was really never in Ferry’s plan. He was simply a hrow in the Joe trade. Makes you wander if the other players acquired in the Net’s deal. (Morrow and Stevenson) I think they pretty much chose to go the Scott and Ivan route at PF. and no sense keeping an extra stiff. I think this signals that another move might be in the near future (a free agent signing that might be a guaranteed deal, perhaps).

Melvin

September 18th, 2012
12:17 am

Doc,

Thanks…

doc

September 18th, 2012
12:19 am

melvin, hug her for me and give her one of your cam specials. heh heh

tjhook

September 18th, 2012
1:39 am

I still think the Hawks should consider resigning Tracy McGrady. Not many players on the team know how to get points outside of the offense and certainly the team will have trouble creating shot opportunities on their own when teams figure out the scheme. McGrady does not have that problem and is skilled enough to help the team run sets that get people open. I think Devin Harris is the most important acquisition of the team after trading Joe Johnson but resigning McGrady would help the team with continuity and let management look fairly at whether Josh Smith can be a primary option or does he need a frontourt player to help him carry the load.

tjhook

September 18th, 2012
1:40 am

And we know McGrady is willing to be a mentor. Just need to have Larry Drew not have a hangup with the guy.

i_am_soulstar

September 18th, 2012
3:59 am

McGrady never does himself any favors in these locker rooms.

Newsflash T-Mac: You’re no longer good enough to where you can undermine coaches and be invited back.

JSS

September 18th, 2012
4:43 am

Congrads Melvin

Slimjr

September 18th, 2012
7:36 am

FTPB

Sautee

September 18th, 2012
12:10 am

“Hey slimjr, look who’s leading the league in QB rating.

Congrats Falcons. Good game..”

[5-10]
Peyton was terrible and still made it interesting..Hmmmm

Whole lot of football left to play and then there’s the

[Playoffs]……. Yawn….

vava74

September 18th, 2012
7:53 am

tjhook,

McGrady is looking for a bona fide playoff team where he can hope to give some veteran assistance and maybe go deep in the playoffs (hence the Spurs and the Knicks being the teams with whom he has worked out with).

He is not looking for lottery or #8 seed basketball.

PD

September 18th, 2012
7:53 am

September 11 was the first day the Hawks could trade the players involved in the Joe Johnson trade.

ECF or Bust!

September 18th, 2012
8:13 am

wow just let him go and still have to pay him?
guy must really be a stiff.

Slimjr

September 18th, 2012
8:19 am

We need [Stars]

Streakking into the record books…..Hey lets shoot for half a century.

Slimjr

September 18th, 2012
8:20 am

[streaking]^^^

Just Joe

September 18th, 2012
8:32 am

Owed $762k. Negotiated a buyout. Maybe $650k to free up a roster spot??? I’m OK with that. This kid was out of shape going in to Nets camp last year, and he looked as soft & round as a marshmallow in Vegas summer league this year.

Ferry is playing with “house” money at this point after unloading Joe’s & Marvin’s contracts. Buy out Farmar for $2.5M. Buy out Williams for ???. Stevenson & Petro better watch out!!! Morrow may be the last man standing out of the bunch.

Miles ta go

September 18th, 2012
9:23 am

Danny needs to jettison the “Stiffs” from the ISO trade..Going forward he needs to be flexible..

A trade is coming? Possibly. As presently constructed they are not a threat to the elite in this league.

Astro Joe

September 18th, 2012
9:33 am

Melvin, congrats. I’m sure she is a Josh fan, huh? :lol:

Wow, first Jordan Farmar and now Williams. The ASG actually paying guys to walk away. And to think, some of y’all act like ferry will need to “justify” firing LD… the man clearly has far more power and authority than any GM we’ve seen here during the ASG ownership. He won’t need to justify dumping LD when he is ready.

I asked yesterday how the Ivan signing would affect this guy, well, there you have it. There are still rumors that the Hawks are interested in Anthony Tolliver and now there are a few “mystery teams” allegedly showing interest in Pietrus.

MannyT

September 18th, 2012
9:38 am

MELVIN,

CONGRATS NEWLYWED!

hawksfancents95

September 18th, 2012
10:09 am

So the AJC writes a blog on Jordan Williams getting waived yet fails to announce the Hawks Ivan Johnson has accepted the qualifying offer? How come we get no information from the AJC about the Hawks and have to hear it from other sources?

If this had something to do with UGA football there would be a blog up 5 minutes after the fact because AJC UGA blogs are incredibley maintained and make the Hawks look like high school basketball, I don’t understand it..

doc

September 18th, 2012
10:36 am

manny t surfaces,

guess no taste for canniblogging, eh?

was thinking about you the other day wondering if i was going to have to go to a dream game to find you. heh heh

Slimjr

September 18th, 2012
11:20 am

hawksfancents95

September 18th, 2012
10:09 am

“So the AJC writes a blog on Jordan Williams getting waived yet fails to announce the Hawks Ivan Johnson has accepted the qualifying offer? How come we get no information from the AJC about the Hawks and have to hear it from other sources?”

You must be bored today? Are you kidding? Its the Hawks man!!!! 45 years of feces…

They aint the Knicks or Miami or the Lakers…

“We want winners man, not losers” -Melvin- [a 790 the Zone regular caller]

Ms. Dee. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

MsDee

September 18th, 2012
11:26 am

slimjr,

yucky, u slobbing on me………………….yuck!

Sautee

September 18th, 2012
11:33 am

Melvin, congrats.

MannyT – good to see you around. Come join the conversation sometime.

doc

September 18th, 2012
11:42 am

slimj stooping to quote melvin of atl radio fame, heh heh.

bet that is all you understood him to say. the guy is pure comic relief.

man, you are a journalist, looking anywhere to find non-credible resources.

so how many offers for the knicks now since they last had a title? how many more titles have they had in the their history in comparison to the hawks despite the best and richest fan base inthe east coast? and where have they hid for the last decade? you suffer just as we hawks fans do and for just as long. probably worse for you since the expectations should be much greater.

bleed on slimj, bleed on.

KevinM

September 18th, 2012
11:53 am

Johan Petro, your days may be numbered….

Melvin

September 18th, 2012
12:00 pm

JSS, Astro, MannyT and Sautee – Thank you..

Astro,
she has several Josh jerseys…:-)

MannyT,
glad to see you are still with us….

Sautee,
Agreed. I missed MannyT witty style on the blog… Now only if we can find SalimFan

Doc,
I (We) will be getting tickets this season so hopefully i will see you and other regulars….

moboman

September 18th, 2012
12:01 pm

moves a comin….

Columbus

September 18th, 2012
12:05 pm

tjhook…..I agree with you on McGrady…..Hes got his health better, I forgot how he did it but he did show he cwas healthier and more athletc than in recent years and he produced more….hes a keeper in my mind too….a leader, a mentor and a producer and scorer….

Supreme Grand Poobah

September 18th, 2012
12:16 pm

Looks like we’re gonna get rid of anyone over 6′9″. Maybe Ferry is channeling Billy Knight. (Except Billy hasn’t managed to convince him about the mini-me guards.) Zaza, Petro, Horford – your days are numbered.

steven a smith

September 18th, 2012
12:40 pm

Michael Turner= Al Horford- That is about a great of a sports metaphor that Atlanta Fans will ever get. You need playmakers to make plays.