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Heat sign veteran Reggie Williams to one year deal

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The 6-foot-6 swingman has agreed to a one-year deal. The HEAT's roster now stands at 16.

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According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the Miami HEAT have taken a one-year flier on the scoring swingman Reggie Williams originally out of Virginia Military Institute.

Undrafted, Williams originally dominated the D-League in 2009 (26 points per game on 57% shooting) before joining the Golden State Warriors on March 2nd, signing a 10-day contract before joining them for the rest of the season. Williams impressed by averaging 15.2 points and 4.6 rebounds, though these numbers were inflated on a defensively challenged, run-and-gun Warriors squad that had little to play for at that point.


Williams' raw outputs would drop considerably, spending another year in Golden State before playing parts of two seasons in Charlotte. He did shoot an impressive 42% from downtown in 2010-2011 in 80 games for the Warriors.

He played only three NBA games this season, a brief, innocuous stint with Oklahoma City, but again torched the D-League, averaging 20 points, nearly six rebounds, and five assists.


The 27-year-old lefty could potentially be the backup shooting guard Miami has been looking for, but Williams hasn't been able to hang around in the NBA despite his prodigious scoring ability due to issues defensively. His defensive rating on average during his first four NBA seasons has been a ghastly 110.1 (per NBA.com/stats) and naturally has had a negative net rating every one of those years.

Still, Williams offers more creativity as a scorer than the likes of Shawne Williams (who I covered here) and it will be worth seeing if he impresses enough during training camp to snag a roster spot.