The Los Angeles Lakers plan to sign forward Derrick Williams to a 10-day contract, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Williams, a former No. 2 overall pick, recently finished his season in the Chinese Basketball Association. The Lakers will be without forward Brandon Ingram for at least one week due to a groin strain, and Williams is expected to provide additional depth on the wing and in the frontcourt.
A six-year NBA veteran, Williams went unsigned in free agency last offseason and signed with Tianjin in China. He averaged 20 points and 6.6 rebounds for Tianjin this season.
Williams had a strong finish to the season with the Cleveland Cavaliers last year, joining the team after being released by the Miami Heat in February 2017. Williams was the second pick in the 2011 NBA draft by Minnesota and has averaged 8.9 points and four rebounds for his career. He has also played with Sacramento and New York.
Sources: Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports
Chris Paul Says He’ll Pay Green’s Fine for Shove, Ejection
Chris Paul says he will pay any fine that results from teammate Gerald Green shoving Minnesota Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng in the fourth quarter of the Rockets’ 129-120 win Sunday night.
Green was ejected for coming to Paul’s defense after a frustrated Dieng pushed him down after a foul.
Celtics’ Smart (Thumb) Confident He’ll be Back for Playoffs
Celtics guard Marcus Smart said he’s confident he’ll be back on the court for the postseason after undergoing thumb surgery last week.
Smart suffered a complete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right shooting hand while diving to the floor in a game against the Indiana Pacers earlier this month. A hand specialist in New York advised immediate surgery with hopes that Smart might be able to return even quicker than the six- to eight-week timeline the team announced after surgery.
Source: Chris Forsberg of ESPN