The Los Angeles D-Fenders announced today that they have successfully claimed former Laker, Shawne Williams off waivers. To avoid guaranteeing his contract for the rest of the season, the Lakers waived Williams on January 7. In 32 games with the Lakers this season, Williams was averaging 5.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 0.9 assists.
Check out the press release below via the Los Angeles D-Fenders:
EL SEGUNDO – The Los Angeles D-Fenders have acquired former Los Angeles Lakers forward Shawne Williams, by way of a successful waiver claim, it was announced today by General Manager Nick Mazzella.
Williams (6’9” / 230) was selected in the first round (17th selection) of the 2006 NBA Draft by the Indiana Pacers. Most recently, he spent 32 games (11 starts) with the Lakers this season, posting averages of 5.2 points and 4.5 rebounds in 20.2 minutes. The Memphis native has appeared in 247 career NBA games (34 starts) with the Pacers, Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks, New Jersey Nets and Lakers. Williams has also played for Guangzhou Liu Sui, of the Chinese National Basketball League.
An alumnus of the University of Memphis, Williams averaged 13.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.9 assists in his lone season with the Tigers (2005-06). Williams led Memphis to the Elite 8 of the NCAA Tournament, along with Conference-USA regular season and tournament championships in 2006. The Laurinburg Institute graduate also earned Conference-USA Freshman of the year, All-Conference-USA third team and Conference-USA Tournament MVP honors.
The D-Fenders will take the court tonight at the Citizens Business Bank Arena, in Ontario, California. They will face off with the Texas Legends in a game to honor long-time Lakers and D-Fenders owner Dr. Jerry Buss. All fans in attendance will receive a special D-Fenders rally towel adorned with his famous words “Go Lakers!” Tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting www.cbbankarena.com, or by calling 310-343-6043.
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