Is Jason Williams demanding a trade?
It was reported yesterday by Steve Kyler, publisher of HOOPSWORLD, that Jason Williams appears to be growing frustrated with his situation in Orlando. Steve sent the following tweet yesterday:
Sources near Magic say guard Jason Williams unhappy with situation, trying to be patient with Otis Smith, wants a trade or his release…
While Steve is typically an extremely reliable and trustworthy source, I find it extremely unlikely that Bubba was making those types of statements. At least in the context that it was presented in. Here is why:
1) When he re-signed with the Magic in August, he knew the situation that he was coming into. Chris Duhon had already signed a much larger contract and it was clear that Duhon would be the backup PG to Jameer. J-Dub had the opportunity to sign with other teams but felt comfortable in Orlando and wanted to be a part of the team that gave him another chance.
2) Despite coming in as the 3rd PG, he
won was given the backup position from Duhon in early December. With the recent trades, Jason was bumped out of the rotation but that doesn’t change anything from the beginning of the year. Prior to the trades, Jason was playing around 15 minutes per game.
3) Most importantly though, he is HURT. Jason’s sore left foot has been bothering him a lot lately and has been limping heavily around the locker room. Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel reported Sunday that Jason would be staying back in Orlando during the mini road trip to get it looked at further.
”It’s not getting any better,” Van Gundy said.”J-Will gets on it and he has a hard time pushing off that foot. He’s staying behind. He wants to know what’s going on.”
He further added that he thinks this could potentially be the end for Jason Williams and that he may be pondering retirement. At age 35, and with an arthritic foot that isn’t getting better, it certainly won’t be easy for Jason.
With that being said, clearly a trade isn’t really an option right now unless he was a throw-in who would then be bought out. For that to happen, Jason would have to be fully prepared to ask for his release as he has early Bird rights and could veto any trade. He has yet to ask for a release and although the pain in his foot hasn’t subsided over the last six weeks, it’s hard to see him just walking away from a championship contender. Playing time or not.
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