Brooklyn Nets rumors: Alan Williams returning to 2-way deal

Brooklyn Nets Alan Williams. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Michelle Farsi/NBAE via Getty Images)
Brooklyn Nets Alan Williams. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Michelle Farsi/NBAE via Getty Images) /

After requesting and receiving his release from the Brooklyn Nets to explore options in China, ESPN is reporting that Alan Williams is returning to the team.

ESPN is reporting that the Brooklyn Nets have found a player to fill the two-way roster spot vacated when center Alan Williams requested his release last week.

That would be Alan Williams.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Williams ran into issues finalizing a deal to return to the Chinese Basketball Association, where he played in 2015-16, and will instead return to Brooklyn.

This report comes in the wake of rumors earlier this week that former Chicago Bulls forward Paul Zipser was in the U.S. after rehabbing his injured foot in Germany and was prepared to sign a two-way deal with the Nets.

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Williams was waived at his request on Jan. 2 and appeared headed back to China, where he played for the Qingdao Double Star Eagles in 2015-16 after he was undrafted coming out of UC Santa Barbara.

He got his first NBA opportunity on a 10-day contract with the Phoenix Suns and later signed a full contract.

He spent parts of three seasons in Phoenix, but missed all but five games last season after a preseason knee injury and was waived by the Suns in July.

Williams signed a two-way deal with Brooklyn in late September, about a week before training camp opened, but missed much of the preseason with a sprained right ankle.

While he played very well with the Long Island Nets in the NBA G League, Williams had not played in the two games he was in uniform for the parent club prior to being waived.

Williams had averaged 21.0 points and 14.6 rebounds in 26.7 minutes per game in 17 appearances for Long Island, shooting 51.8 percent overall and 75.6 percent at the foul line while making 3-of-10 from 3-point range.

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In his one full season on an NBA roster with the Suns in 2016-17, Williams averaged 7.4 points and 6.2 rebounds in just 15.1 minutes per game while shooting 51.7 percent overall.