The end of the lockout and Jordan Williams - What it means
After a long and exhausting odyssey, Torrington’s Jordan Williams is about to embark on his professional basketball career.
The NBA lockout, after many ups and downs (mostly downs), ended Friday and a shortened 66-game season will begin on Christmas Day.
For Williams, a former Torrington High School star, the timing could not have been better. Williams had just signed a deal to play overseas in Poland this week and, thankfully for him, he gets to turn right around and head to training camp for the New Jersey Nets.
Here’s a closer look at William’s current situation:
As you remember, he was drafted in the second round by the Nets with the 36th pick. Unlike the NFL, there’s a rookie wage scale in the NBA, which means, barring any unexpected developments, the Nets and Williams should agree to a deal at the first opportunity they have to negotiate.
Training camp is expected to open around the league December 9. Free agency is also expected to start the same day. It’s imperative for Williams to make an immediate impression on the Nets’ coaching staff early in camp, considering the Nets may not have a full roster at the start. The Nets front line is amongst the worst in the NBA and Williams will be given a close look by head coach Avery Johnson’s staff.
With the lockout resolved, it means the Nets will get to play their final season in New Jersey before moving to Brooklyn in 2012. They currently play at the Prudential Center in Newark, the primary home of the NHL’s New Jersey Devils.
If the Nets decide Williams will benefit from playing in the NBA Developmental League, Jordan, his family, friends and fans are in luck. The Nets’ D-League affiliate plays close by in Springfield, Mass. at the MassMutual Center. The Sprinfield Armour team opened their season with a 94-87 win over Miane on Friday.
All things considered, Williams, along with his rookie class, has to feel fortunate there will be a season, albeit a shortened one. Just two days ago, it looked like the season was in shambles.
Now the fun begins.