OAKLAND — Perhaps the last thing the Warriors need is another swingman. They have a roster full of shooting guards and small forwards.
But if they are going for best player available when they select No. 7 overall in the NBA draft June 25, the pick may be another swingman.
Louisville senior Terrence Williams — an athletic and physical 6-foot-6, 220-pound shooting guard — might make the Warriors consider adding to their excess. He's been linked to them in the draft rumor mill. Plus, a team source said coach Don Nelson loves Williams.
"Right after they call my name, I'd be on the next plane and come here," he said of his reaction should the Warriors draft him. "And won't leave here. Ever."
Williams was the most notable player in Tuesday's group workout at Golden State's practice facility. For the second and final day, two groups of NBA hopefuls worked out for an hour each before representatives of some 20 NBA teams. They had to play some 2-on-2 this time as North Carolina big man Tyler Hansbrough didn't show up, leaving the first group with only five players.
Williams was joined by such notables as Arizona forward Chase Budinger, UCLA point guard Darren Collison and Gonzaga forward Austin Daye. Saint Mary's point guard Patty Mills highlighted Monday's crop.
Williams said he did "all right" Tuesday (though Temple guard Dionte Christmas seemed to have shined the most, according to the players). No Warriors executive was made available for comment, but it is widely accepted that Golden State is interested in Williams, though No. 7 overall is considered on the high side to draft him.
But Williams already has strong connections with the team and the city. His mentor is Oakland native Gary Payton, who is loaning his Las Vegas abode to Williams. His agent is Oakland-based Aaron Goodwin. And Williams is tight with Warriors guard Jamal Crawford, a fellow alum of Rainier Beach High in Seattle.
Williams would bring some physicality and versatility to the Warriors bench. He can rebound, defend multiple positions and make plays on both ends. He is the only player in Louisville history to total 1,500 points, 900 rebounds, 500 assists and 2,000 steals.
While he isn't regarded as a good shooter or prolific scorer, he can play point-forward. See why Nelson is such a fan?
"I'll play point-forward, center, Gatorade protector, anything," Williams said. "That's what I played in college. That's what I played in high school, AAU."
Per general consensus, the Warriors need a point guard more than they need another guard/forward. But drafting Williams, if they want him, could make sense if they plan to move a similar player or two. Adding Williams might make Golden State more comfortable parting with shooting guard Marco Belinelli or swingman Kelenna Azubuike — especially if doing so would result in filling its need for a point guard and/or veteran experience.
With the draft still three weeks away, Williams isn't buying the hype about the Warriors' interest.
"I heard that," he said, "but until I sit down with Nellie and the GM and they tell me that, then I don't buy rumors. If my name got called by them, then I'll believe they're interested."
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