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Freeman: UFA G Elliot Williams Won't Be Back With Blazers?

Unrestricted free agent guard Elliot Williams might not be back with the Portland Trail Blazers, according to one Portland reporter.


Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reports on Twitter that unrestricted free agent guard Elliot Williams might not be back with the Portland Trail Blazers.

Based on conversations I've had with Blazers decision makers, I do not expect the team to resign Elliot Williams next season.

Williams was not included on the Blazers' 2013 Las Vegas Summer League roster.

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.

The Blazers drafted Lehigh guard C.J. McCollum and California guard Allen Crabbe in the 2013 NBA Draft and have starter Wesley Matthews and 2012 second-round pick Will Barton on the roster.

Back in February, Olshey said that Williams' future was up in the air.

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

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