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w/ Elliot Williams (Achilles tear), Blazers face tough decision a la Jeff Pendergraph (2010 knee surgery). Thoughts
Pendergraph, expected to be a role player off the bench, underwent season-ending knee surgery in Nov. 2010 after suffering injury during the preseason. Then GM Rich Cho elected to release Pendergraph to free up a roster spot and pursue another big man.
Williams is on the books for $1.4 million this season as part of his rookie contract. Blazers backcourt is down to just 5 players (Damian Lillard, Wesley Matthews, Nolan Smith, Will Barton and Ronnie Price). As promising as Williams has seemed when healthy, Blazers could find a need to add another guard at some point this season. Releasing him would be inexpensive and he could always be re-signed later as a free agent.
The good news for Williams is that the "win-now" attitude that existed in 2010 isn't there this time around. Also, no one else on the team is currently injured and limiting flexibility by occupying roster spots (like Greg Oden did back in 2010). A guy like Sasha Pavlovic could be dumped first.
Still, with a new GM that didn't draft him, Williams in a tough spot as the year unfolds.