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The Celtics have announced the signing of big man Shelden Williams. The deal agreed upon is a one-year package worth $1.3 million. Williams, who was a standout at Duke University, never got his NBA career on track after being drafted fifth overall by the Atlanta Hawks. Williams fits the build of former Celtics forwards Leon Powe and Glen Davis. At 6-9, Williams is considered to be undersized when it comes to playing the four, but he makes up for his lack of size with hustle plays and terrific rebounding.
To the naked eye, Williams is a more muscular version of Big Baby Davis, minus the ability to shoot a 18 foot jump shot. I find it hard to believe that the Celtics would feel comfortable having Williams backup Kevin Garnett, so personally, I don’t see this interfering with the possibility of bringing back Davis to this team. With Williams’ lack of consistency throughout his NBA career, it’s hard to believe that the Celtics front office would expect him to be a viable presence game in and game out. Still, the whole Big Baby situation should be resolved rather soon.
Still, this is a good depth signing and along with bringing Williams to this team it seems like we can 100% rule out any chance of Leon Powe re-signing here in Boston. Also, does a move like this mean that a guy like Brian Scalabrine could be traded? Perhaps in a deal for Maquise Daniels? Time will tell.