The Charlotte Hornets will sign former Duke and Memphis guard Elliot Williams for a spot on the training camp roster, an NBA source said Monday.
Williams, who is 6-foot-5, can play the point or shooting guard position. A first-round pick (22nd overall) by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2010 draft, Williams has played 104 games over three NBA seasons for the Blazers, Philadelphia 76ers, Utah Jazz and New Orleans Pelicans.
Williams briefly was on the Hornets’ roster last season, signing a 10-day contract in February after the team waived veteran Jannero Pargo. The Hornets later acquired Mo Williams from the Minnesota Timberwolves at the trade deadline and waived Williams before he made a game appearance.
Over his NBA career, Williams has averaged 5.1 points, 0.9 assists and 1.5 rebounds. He spent part of last season playing for the Golden State Warriors’ NBA Development League team in Santa Cruz, Calif.
Williams missed what would have been his rookie season with the Trail Blazers because of a knee injury. He spent his freshman season with Duke, transferred to Memphis and then turned pro after his sophomore college season.
Signing Williams will bring the Hornets’ roster to 16 players, with a maximum 15 regular-season spots.
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