Per Chris Reichert of 2ways10days and The Step Back, the Clippers just signed C.J. Williams, a shooting guard who last played for the Texas Legends in the G-League, to a training camp deal.
CJ Williams has signed a training camp deal with the Los Angeles Clippers, per league sources— Chris Reichert (@Chris_Reichert) September 5, 2017
Williams went undrafted out of North Carolina State in the 2012 Draft, and has since been all over Europe and the D-League. Notably, he was a starting player for the Giorgio Tesi Group Pistoia of the Italian Serie A League, and for JDA Dijon Basket of the French League. While neither is the NBA, those leagues are two of the best in Europe, and a sign of Williams’ level of play. Williams is a solid three-point shooter, averaging 5.6 attempted in his two seasons in Europe, hitting them at a combined 34.3% rate.
He improved on those numbers for the Legends this past season, nailing 38.6% of his threes (from NBA distance) on a similar number of attempts. In both Europe and the D-League, Williams averaged around 12-14 points per game with decent rebound and assist numbers. While he’s certainly not a three-point only player, shots from long range do make up around half of his shot attempts.
Williams has played in the Summer League the last three years, and played with the Mavericks in preseason last season, making it all the way through five preseason games before getting cut. Williams also just won Gold with the USA FIBA Americup team, playing key minutes off the bench. It was probably these contributions that prompted his signing today.
C.J.’s deal is probably the training camp standard: $50k guaranteed, with the rest of the season non-guaranteed (Edit: Right now, his contract hasn’t been confirmed as partially guaranteed, so he will probably only get paid on a per day basis in camp, with no tax hit) . While it’s unlikely that Williams makes the LA Clippers’ final roster, he’s certainly a great candidate to fill out the roster of the Agua Caliente Clippers.