Former Suns center Williams inks two-way pact with Nets

Alan Williams has signed a two-way deal with the Nets.

Former Phoenix Sun Alan Williams has agreed to a two-way contract with the Brooklyn Nets, according to a report by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

A 6-foot-8, 265-pound center, Williams played in only five games at the end of last season for the Suns after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus prior to the start of the campaign.

In those five games, he averaged 4.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 14 minutes.

Williams grew up in Phoenix and went to college at UC Santa Barbara. He beat the odds by earning a roster spot with the Suns as an undrafted rookie in 2015-16, when he appeared in only 10 games. In 2016-17, Williams became a rotational player for the Suns, averaging 7.4 points and 6.2 boards, ranking 11th in rebounding percentage, shooting 51.7 percent from the field and 63.5 percent from the free-throw line in 47 games. His per-36 minute numbers that season equated to 17.6 points, 14.8 board and 1.8 blocked shots.

He took to his Twitter account to thank the Phoenix fans.

In signing with the Nets, Williams will join veteran big men Kenneth Faried and Ed Davis as new additions whom will beef up Brooklyn’s frontcourt.

The 25-year-old carries career averages of 6.4 points and 5.7 rebounds, shooting 50.2 percent from the field and 63.0 percent from the charity stripe in 13.6 minutes in 62 games.

Williams’ mother, Jeri Williams, is the chief of police in Phoenix, the fifth-largest city in the United States.

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