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Williams Signs On With Sonics


Shammond Williams signed a three-year contract Thursday with the Seattle SuperSonics.

"We're thrilled to be able to sign Shammond," Sonics head coach Paul Westphal said. Williams played with the Sonics summer league team in Boston, averaging 12.2 points and 6.5 assists in six games.

"He was one of the stars of our summer league team. The difference was noticeable when he was in the game and when he wasn't," Westphal said. "We think he has a very good career ahead of him and we expect to see him on the floor a lot this season."

The 6-foot-1 guard was selected by the Chicago Bulls in the second round with the 34th pick in the 1998 NBA draft. His rights were traded to the Atlanta Hawks, where he played in two games before being released Feb. 19.

"It's a great situation here," said Williams, who played at North Carolina from 1995 to 1998, averaging 16.8 points and 4.2 assists in 38 games.

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