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Shawne Williams Signs With New Jersey Nets Rather Than New York Knicks

The New Jersey Nets have reportedly signed Shawne Williams, poaching the forward from his former team, the New York Knicks.

Last season in New York, Williams revived a basketball career that at times had seemed like a lost cause. After battling an early-career bout with maturity, Williams found steady feet in New York, playing in 64 games last season while averaging a career-high 20.7 minutes and 7.1 points per game.

In Mike D'Antoni's free-flowing offense, Williams' soft touch thrived. He shot a career-high 40.1 percent from the arc, developing into an outside threat who could spread the floor and keep defenses honest.

Williams had previously said he would like to remain in New York, where he was familiar with the offense and had finally found a team that wanted him. But the Knicks' best offer was reportedly for one year at the league minimum salary, and the Nets could pay more to retain the services of the versatile, if not great, forward who finally seems to have found his niche.

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