BOSTON (CBS) – He’s only been around for a little more than a week, but the Boston Celtics must like what they’ve seen out of guard Terrence Williams.
According to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, the Celtics have signed Williams for the rest of the 2012-13 season and conditionally for the 2013-14 campaign.
The Celtics first signed the former lottery pick to a 10-day contract after the All-Star break. Williams averaged 4.3 points on 46-percent shooting in his first three games with Boston, but saw found himself a “DNP- Coaches Decision” in the Celtics win over the Utah Jazz on Monday night.
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But during that DNP, Williams attentively joined each of the Celtics huddles during timeouts — even when Doc Rivers was screaming at his team for some poor play. During Thursday’s practice, he spent time with assistant coach Armond Hill going over plays on a white board.
Williams gives Boston a little more depth in their back court after losing Rajon Rondo and Leandro Barbosa to ACL injuries (Barbosa was later traded to Washington for guard Jordan Crawford). His best game with the Celtics came in their 113-88 win over the Phoenix Suns last week when he scored nine points to go with four assists in 25 minutes of play.
Williams showed off some great passing in that game, which got the attention of Rivers. But the Celtics coach said Williams reverted to some old habits two nights later in Portland.
“The Portland game he tried to do too much. He was trying to think too much and was thinking way too much scoring,” Rivers said following the Celtics practice on Thursday. “I told him after the Portland game, ‘you have to be more consistent.’ He went back to trying to score, and that’s not what he is. He’s a player, not a scorer.”
Rivers sees using Williams more as a player maker at the point.
“I think he’s a point guard. I didn’t know that before; I knew he could play point guard but I think he could be a point guard,” said Rivers.
Williams likely won’t be a star for the Celtics, but he could be a solid — and more importantly, young — option off the bench this year and next.