(NY Daily News)
By Kevin R. Linares
The Los Angeles Lakers have announced that they have officially signed free agent forward Shawne Williams. It was announced today by general manager Mitch Kupchak but the terms of the agreement were not released although it is believed he will make about $1.1 million.
Williams last played for the Indiana Pacers, Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks and the New Jersey Nets(now known as Brooklyn Nets). He was also on the Portland Trailblazers but did not appear in the game.
The 27-year old has played under coach Mike D’Antoni back when he was on the Knicks. He has averaged 5.7 points and 2.8 rebounds throughout his six years in the NBA. The former 17th overall pick played his college ball in Memphis where he was also born.
The signing comes on the same day forward Michael Beasley was waived by the Phoenix Suns. The Lakers had interest in Beasley and planned to acquire him after trading Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol for Chris Paul but the trade was later vetoed by David Stern. Talks were circulating around the web whether the Lakers should look to take a chance on the troubled forward after being waived.
Lamar Odom who has also run into trouble remains a free agent. Odom recently received a DUI and there have been numerous reports of him using drugs. Many Laker fans were hoping for Odom to make a return to the Lakers but it was looking less likely throughout the summer.
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By Kevin R. Linares
The Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to bring back point guard Jordan Farmar on a one year deal using a veterans minimum contract. Farmar has been playing overseas with Anadolu Efes a team in the Turkish Basketball League. The Lakers will have to negotiate a buyout with the Turkish team before having Farmar play for them.
Farmar played his college basketball at UCLA before being drafted by the Lakers with the 26th overall pick in the 2006 NBA draft. He played four years with the Lakers as a back up point guard and won two championships with the team before signing a three year contract with the New Jersey Nets, now known as the Brooklyn Nets. The former Bruin was traded to the Atlanta Hawks before deciding to play overseas when the NBA lockout was taking place.
In his career Farmar has averaged 7.7 points and 2.8 assists. With the Lakers agreeing to bring the former Laker back it is unlikely that they bring back point guard Darius Morris, who Mitch Kupchak said they had invited to play for their summer league team.
There have also been talks that the team is looking at former Lakers Lamar Odom and Sasha Vujacic. Although Odom’s play has dropped he would be a great addition for the Lakers because of his ability to play multiple positions especially with there being a possibility that the Lakers will look to amnesty Metta World Peace. There was a report that the Lakers did agree to amnesty World Peace but a final decision has not been released by the team. The last day for the Lakers to use the amnesty clause is on July 16.