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Celtics’ Terrence Williams arrested ‘for making threats with a gun’ in domestic dispute

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Terrence Williams. (Brock Williams-Smith/NBA/Getty Images)

Boston Celtics guard/forward Terrence Williams was arrested by police in Kent, Wash., for allegedly making threats with a gun during an incident stemming from a Sunday afternoon child visitation.

According to Chris Daniels of Seattle NBC affiliate KING5, Kent police said the 25-year-old Williams "waved a gun" during a scheduled visitation session. The Seattle Times has more details:

The incident happened around 1:55 p.m. Sunday in downtown Kent. The victim is a woman who told police she has a 10-year-old son whose father is Williams.

The woman told police that Williams had a scheduled visitation exchange with the boy on Sunday, and during the exchange in a downtown Kent parking lot, the two began arguing. The woman told police that Williams brandished a firearm and made threats. He then left the area.

Police later found Williams and took him into custody "without incident," terming the situation "a domestic violence case under investigation."

Williams has largely underwhelmed in his four-year professional career, failing to live up to the significant promise the 6-foot-6 combo guard possessed when the then-New Jersey Nets selected the tantalizing Louisville product with the 11th pick in the 2009 NBA draft.

After a relatively quiet start to his career in New Jersey, Williams came on strong late in the season, earning more minutes on the struggling club and showcasing an intriguing all-around floor game, averaging just under 12 points, six rebounds and 4.5 assists per game after the All-Star break. The honeymoon didn't last long, though, as Williams spent Summer League and preseason gunning, started the 2010-11 season by showing up late for practices and testing the patience of Nets coach Avery Johnson, earning a two-game suspension that was followed by a first-of-its-kind D-League demotion. Shortly thereafter, the Nets shipped him off to the Houston Rockets in a three-team deal; Williams would struggle to crack Houston's rotation, making only 23 appearances over two seasons for the Rockets before being waived in March 2012. He finished out the 2011-12 season with the Sacramento Kings, but was let go after a relatively nondescript 18-game stint in Northern California, and headed off to China after failing to catch on with any club heading into this past season.

Their roster decimated by injuries — especially in the backcourt, where they lost both starter Rajon Rondo and reserve Leandro Barbosa to season-ending injuries — the Celtics gave Williams another shot after he'd wrapped his stint with the Guandong Southern Tigers, signing him to a 10-day deal in February and offering him a chance to work his way back into the NBA. Williams performed well enough in limited duty as a backup point guard, averaging 4.6 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 13.3 minutes per game in 24 regular-season appearances for Doc Rivers' squad. Boston signed Williams for the remainder of the 2012-13 season and the 2014 season following the expiration of his initial 10-day deal, but his '13-'14 veteran minimum contract is wholly unguaranteed, according to ShamSports.com's salary database.

In an April interview with CSNNE.com's Jessica Camerato, Williams expressed gratitude at getting another NBA chance and having the opportunity to dispel the league-wide notion that, despite his skill-set and athleticism, his character issues make him the kind of prospect best viewed from a distance.

"I have to prove everything," he said matter-of-factly. "What have I proved? Nothing. I just proved I can wear number 55 and some funny looking shoes. I feel like I’m starting over. I feel like I’m turning 21 again on Draft Night and just getting drafted. To me, to be honest, I feel like I have to prove everything."

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