COMMENTARY | In 2009, Terrence Williams was a lottery pick, selected with the 11th pick by the New Jersey Nets. The swingman out of Louisville had many around the league intrigued, and played some decent minutes for the Nets in his rookie year. This seemed to hint at a long, successful career in the NBA.
Things have changed drastically over the past few years.
He has since bounced around the league, spending time with the Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings, and Boston Celtics, as well as a stint in China. He's done very little in the NBA, and couldn't even break into the rotation for a struggling, depleted Celtics team.
Now, Terrence Williams has some legal issues to deal with. According to an ESPN report, he was arrested in Kent, Washington for allegedly brandishing a gun at the mother of his child. The report states that this all occurred while Williams was visiting his 10 year-old son, and then got into an argument with the woman.
This is a very serious accusation, and one that the Boston Celtics are surely not very happy to hear about. Williams was able to stick around with the organization following a 10 day contract as a backup guard following the injury of Rajon Rondo. Teams hate to hear about situations like this with star players, let alone those who fail to contribute consistently.
Danny Ainge signed Williams to a multi-year deal, although his contract is not fully guaranteed. He will have to make the team to earn part of his salary, and can then earn the rest of it at other points during the season.
Certainly, this can't help his chances of making the team, particularly with Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley, Courtney Lee, Jason Terry, and Jordan Crawford already under contract. With Rondo returning from injury, it is very possible that Williams will not be needed in Boston for the 2013-2014 season, particularly if legal issues continue to linger.
This has been a long fall for a former lottery pick, and his days in Boston may now be numbered.
Mark lives in the Boston area and has been covering the Celtics for 3 years. He has been featured on Fox Sports Yardbarker, Fox Sports, and Sports Illustrated "Hot Clicks", and has been published on Celtics 24/7, Bleacher Report, and Sports-Kings .
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