The Atlanta Hawks have negotiated a buyout with forward Jordan Williams according to a report by Michael Cunningham of the AJC.
#Hawks negotiated buyout w/ Jordan Williams, who was owed $762k guaranteed in 12-13. Had no guarantees for 13-14.— Michael Cunningham (@ajchawks) September 18, 2012
The move now leaves Atlanta with 11 guaranteed contracts for the upcoming season along with Ivan Johnson's qualifying offer and a partially guaranteed deal with second-round pick Mike Scott. Not many details available to draw conclusions on the reasoning behind the move but Williams was hardly impressive during his summer league stint. This does give the team another roster spot to work with as they look for answers at the small forward position.
This also could raise the competition level in training camp for players like James Anderson and Damion James who both now could conceivably find their way onto the team's 15-man roster. It also opens up the possibility of bringing in someone else whether by free agency or potentially with a trade.
Williams was acquired by the Hawks in the Joe Johnson trade with the Nets. He appeared in 43 games with New Jersey last season and finished with averages of 4.6 points and 3.6 rebounds.