Sixers Sign Former Blazers G Elliot Williams

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The Philadelphia 76ers have signed former Portland Trail Blazers guard Elliot Williams.

The Philadelphia 76ers announced Wednesday the signing of former Portland Trail Blazers guard Elliot Williams.

The Philadelphia 76ers today announced that they have signed free agent guards Elliot Williams and Lorenzo Brown. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Williams (6-5, 190) was an early entry candidate for the 2010 NBA Draft following his sophomore season at Memphis and was selected with the 22nd overall pick by Portland. He played his freshman season at Duke. Williams appeared in 24 games for the Trail Blazers in 2011-12 and saw action in six games for Cleveland this preseason.

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In a related move, the Sixers have waived Kwame Brown and Darius Morris.

Williams hasn't played in an NBA game since March 2012.

Back in September, Williams signed a training camp deal with Cleveland but he was released in October.

Back in JulyJoe Freeman of The Oregonian reported that Williams wasn't expected to re-sign with the Blazers. Williams also did not play on the Blazers' 2013 Las Vegas Summer League team.

During his exit interview in April, Williams had said that he hoped to play with the Blazers in Las Vegas.

Exit interview: "I was telling them that I love Portland, I want to be here. I've got to talk to my agent and we'll see what happens.

Did they say they want you back? "Yeah. They said they did. We'll see what happens. ... It's a lot to go into. My agent is coming in tomorrow and talk to them. I don't know the details, I'll know later."

Summer League: "I don't know yet but I want to play here. I'm pretty comfortable with the team, I know a lot of the young guys, it would be a good chance for me to get back going."

Here was Blazers GM Neil Olshey's response.

With Elliot, nobody knows what we have with Elliot Williams. He's a guy I scouted back in college. I saw for five minutes here for offseason workouts and didn't get [more of] an opportunity. Clearly he's got talent. There's three years invested in trying to get him healthy and get him right and if there's an opportunity to bring him back that's something we'll look at.

Williams has played just 24 total games since being a 2010 first-round pick. In addition to a season-ending Achilles injury suffered in 2012, Williams has also missed time due to multiple knee surgeries and a shoulder injury. He became an unrestricted free agent over the summer after the Blazers decided not to pick up his rookie option in 2012.

Williams, 24, holds career averages of 3.7 points and 0.8 rebounds in 24 career appearances (all during the 2011-12 season).

-- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

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