Mitch Kupchak announce dnews Tuesday, September 3rd by announcing that the Lakers signed veteran free agent forward Shawne Williams. Eric Pincus of the L.A. Times broke the news.
After being a first-round selection for the Indiana Pacers in 2006 out of Memphis, Williams has played for the Dallas Mavericks, Knicks, and the New Jersey Nets.
The news may come as a surprise to some due to the Phoenix Suns waiving forward Michael Beasley whom the Lakers previously targeted in years prior. However, Williams previously played for coach Mike D’Antoni during the 2010-2011 season with the New York Knicks and had one of his most successful season. Williams is a three-point shooting specialist who, during the 2010-2011 season, connected on 40.1% of his long range attempts.
If Williams does make the Lakers team he will reportedly earn 1.1 million dollars for the 2013-2014 season.
Below is a highlight mix of Shawne’s time as a Knick.