Jawad Williams To Sign With Paris-Levallois

There were relatively high expectations for Jawad Williams heading into last season. With Antawn Jamison was scheduled to come off the bench in a Sixth Man role initially, the conventional thinking was that the starting SF spot was Jawad’s to lose.  He ended up holding out of training camp though, and whether it was that, learning a new system, or adjusting to a new role, he never did seem to get into any sort of rhythm last season.  

He was cut by the Cavaliers in December, and you haven’t heard much since as far as interest around the Association in the Cleveland native.  Which is why he’ll probably have to play his way back into this thing, and it looks like his next stop is France.  This according to the Sportando earlier this week, who translated the original report from the French outlet Catch and Shoot:

“According to Catch and Shoot, Paris-Levallois is close to signing Jawad Williams. The big man spent the last three years in the NBA with Cleveland Cavaliers and was also teammate of LeBron James. With Cavs, Williams averaged 3.8 ppg and 1.5 rpg in 90 games in the NBA in 12.8 minutes on the court. Last February Williams moved to Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem in Israel averaging 7.7 ppg in 11 games.”

Last night, BasketUSA.com reported that the contract will be finalized soon; at least that was what I gathered from the report after Google Translated it:


“The contacts are well advanced, and [Jawad Williams’] agent will soon be in the capital to finalize the contract.  Despite a good run in high school, and training in North Carolina, Williams has not drilled subsequently combining the round trip between Europe (Spain, Israel) and the D-League. Finally, he caught the eye of the Cavs in July 2008 and played 90 matches in three years.”

We here at Stepien Rules will be leaning heavily on our French Correspondent division as more breaks with this story.  We also have camera crews set up at two possible press conference locations, in hopes of snapping pictures of Jawad rocking a striped shirt and French Beret while holding up his new jersey.

Best of luck to Jawad over there though, and I hope he plays his way back into the League someday for his sake.  He was pretty close for a minute there to sticking around for a long time, and there’s no reason to think he couldn’t get back to that spot in the right situation.  In the meantime, however, Paris doesn’t sound like all that bad of a place to be this time of year.

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Brendan Bowers

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I am the founding editor of StepienRules.com. I am also a content strategist and social media manager with Electronic Merchant Systems in Cleveland. My work has been published in SLAM Magazine, KICKS Magazine, The Locker Room Magazine, Cleveland.com, BleacherReport.com, InsideFacebook.com and elsewhere. I've also written a lot of articles that have been published here.