18

Warriors Lose Reggie Williams to Charlotte

The Warriors’ bid to get Reggie Williams back failed minutes ago. He signed a two year deal worth $5 million with the Charlotte Bobcats.

For that price, it seemed the Warriors could have gotten him. Golden State wanted him. But Williams chose not to re-sign with Golden State for one reason.

Klay Thompson.

WILLIAMS’ AGENT RON SHADE: “The ability to play right away. Golden State showed a lot of interest. They still wanted him. Larry Riley called daily. There was never a time or moment we didn’t think Golden State was in the picture. But at the end of the day, they have Klay and young guys they wanted to develop. In Charlotte, he can come in and contribute right away, no mishaps or hurdles to overcome. Charlotte just had a better fit.”

Williams said it came down to Portland, New York and Charlotte. Even if the Warriors had matched the Bobcats’ offer, Williams said he still wouldn’t be sure if he would have chosen Golden State.

WILLIAMS: “I don’t know what the situation would have been. I would’ve maybe had to talk to coach (Mark) Jackson to see how they would have wanted to use me or whatever because hey drafted the guard. I talked to other teams and I know how their systems are going. I never got the chance to talk to coach Jackson to see what his system is and where I would fit. But I think he’s going to be a good coach. He definitely knows basketball.”

The Warriors are still in the market for a small forward, though they lose one of the smoothest young scorers in the league. Williams said he will miss playing for the Warriors, the first team to call him up from the NBA Development League.

WILLIAMS: “I love the Warriors fans. I love the area and everything. It’s unfortunate that I didn’t get to  stay. I always get a lot of love. … Everything happens for a reason.”

Jon Becker