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Saunders: Williams to Earn Timberwolves Role
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On September 3, 2013 @ 4:43 pm In Headlines,NBA Headlines | No Comments
Flip Saunders believes he’s found a solution for the Derrick Williams identity crisis.
“Derrick hasn’t lived up to that second pick in the draft,” Saunders said. “Now, part of it’s his fault; you always have to take responsibility for yourself as a player. The biggest thing he has to do as an inside player: he misses a lot of easy shots. He plays small at the rim, and part of that is he doesn’t locate the rim. It’s almost like he shies away from some contact.”
Since Saunders was hired in May, talk of trading Williams to a team where he may better fit swirled. But the Timberwolves held on to him, offering a chance to increase his value by cracking the depth chart at both forward spots
According to Saunders, the team has to decide in October whether to exercise its option for the fourth year of Williams’ contract. The front-office general plans to meet with him and watch him work out in California this week, the first chance to prove Williams still offers this team some worth.
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