ChrisHaynes, CSNNW.com Trail Blazers Insider (@ChrisBHaynes)
CSNNW.com has learned that PortlandTrail Blazers forward Shawne Williams has turned in his papers and has officially exercised his playeroption on June 22, according to general manager Neil Olshey.
Bydoing so, Williams is scheduled to make 3.1 million next season and the deadline to file his paper work was June 29.Williams can still be released and his salary would be spread out over three years. He signed a two-year,6.1 million deal with the Nets last December.
Whenthe Trail Blazers acquired Williams in the Gerald Wallace trade,former acting GM Chad Buchanan stated that they would attempt tonegotiate a buyout of Williams, but Williams' agent, Happy Walters, told CSNNW.comthey would not agree to one.
Williams did not play for theTrail Blazers this season. He was rehabbing after having surgery onhis left foot in late February. Three screws were inserted into hisfoot to repair a prior fracture and two fragments of the bone weretaken out.
Walters said Williams will be one hundred percentsometime this summer.
This season,Williams averaged 4.5 points, 2.7 rebounds, and shot 28.6 percentfrom the field and 24.1 percent from long distance.