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Amick: Blazers To Buy Out F Shawne Williams?

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Sam Amick of SI.com reports on Twitter that the Portland Trail Blazers could be on the verge of buying out forward Shawne Williams. ------------------------------- Source says Portland nearing a buyout with 26-year-old small forward Shawne Williams. Not done yet, though. He's owed $3.1 mil next season. Unclear when Shawne Williams' buyout with Portland may be done, but they're working on it. Would be yet another free agent for the pool. ------------------------------- Marc Berman of the New York Post confirms the buyout talks on Twitter and sees Williams as a possible New York target after Knicks forward Landry Fields got a monster 3-year, $20 million offer sheet from the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday, according to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News. ------------------------------- [Agent] Happy Walters confirms he's working on Portland buyout for Shawne Williams. Fields replacement? ------------------------------- Isola adds on Twitter that Williams could join the Knicks at the veteran's minimum after the buyout. The Knicks were a finalist for Williams before he signed a 2-year contract with the Nets back in December 2011. Williams picked up his $3.1 million player option back in June after being acquired by the Blazers in the March trade that sent forward Gerald Wallace to the New Jersey Nets. In the days after the trade, it was reported that the Blazers would seek a buyout but Williams, who was dealing with a foot injury, consistently maintained that he would pick up his player option. Williams, 26, never suited up for the Blazers last season bu averaged 4.5 points and 2.7 rebounds in 20.6 minutes per game in 25 appearances for the Nets prior to the trade. -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter
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