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The Boston Celtics have reached an agreement to sign swingman Terrence Williams to a 10-day contract. The 25-year-old Williams, a former first-round draft pick, most recently played in China for the Guangdong Southern Tigers. He will provide much-needed depth to a team that currently has just 13 players on the roster, three of them with season-ending injuries.
The Celtics begin a seven-day, five-game West coast road trip on Tuesday at Denver. It is not known when Williams will be able to take the floor for Boston due to the fact that he is still under contract with his Chinese team and needs a letter of clearance to play for the Celtics.
Known for his spectacular athleticism, the 6’6″ Williams played his college ball under Rick Pitino at Louisville, helping the Cardinals reach the Elite Eight twice. He was selected by the Nets with the 11th pick in the 2009 Draft and started nine games in his rookie season, averaging 8.4 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists. However, his career declined sharply after that. He was traded to Houston 10 games into the 2010-11 season and played just 21 games that year.
Last season, Williams made just 30 appearances for the Rockets and the Kings. He played two preseason games with the Detroit Pistons this year but couldn’t secure a roster spot and subsequently left for China.
The Celtics have just three healthy guards on the roster in Avery Bradley, Courtney Lee and Jason Terry, so Williams could get minutes at shooting guard rather than sit behind Paul Pierce and Jeff Green at small forward. Terry, who like Williams is from Seattle, described the newest Celtic as a good ballhandler and physical defender. Given Boston’s injury report, it’s not a stretch to imagine Williams staying in green until the end of the season, although that could change depending on whether any major moves are made ahead of Thursday’s trade deadline.