Dec. 18, 2010; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Knicks small forward Shawne Williams (3) celebrates after hitting a three point shot during the second quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Miller-US PRESSWIRE

Shawne Williams Hoping to Return to Knicks

Former New York Knicks forward Shawne Williams is hopeful for a return to the team where he had his greatest success as an NBA player, however it doesn’t appear that the feeling is mutual.

Feb 1, 2012; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Nets small forward Shawne Williams (7) during the second half against the Detroit Pistons at the Prudential Center. New Jersey Nets defeat the Detroit Pistons 99-96. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

A source told ESPN’s Jared Zwerling that despite Williams’ interest in returning to the Big Apple, that the team is not interested in the sixth year pro.

However Williams seems like a great fit for the Knicks for a couple of reasons.

First and most importantly is the fact that he could be signed for the league minimum. The Knicks are having trouble signing that backup power forward because they can only offer the veteran’s minimum and Williams is a guy that could be had for that.

Secondly, despite being primarily a small forward, Williams has shown that he can defend either the 3 or the 4 very well, which is something that should interest head coach Mike Woodson.

Finally, Williams is a team guy that would accept his role. He offers versatility as a guy that can play the 3 and knock down the corner three effectively and he can defend the post pretty well. There are options the Knicks have using Williams off the bench.

While the Knicks admittedly would like to add a more seasoned power forward, guys like Kenyon Martin and Lou Amundson are out of their price range. That should make their interest in Williams go up, but apparently that isn’t the case. Williams can rebound and guard bigger power forwards with his strength and length and can also stretch the floor and knock down the three. There should be a good fit in New York as another defender on the block is needed, as is additional shooting.

Williams became a fan favorite in New York during the2010-11 season. In only 20 minutes of action, he averaged 7.1 points, 3.7 rebounds and nearly one block, while shooting 40.1 percent from downtown.

The reason why Williams may not be a good fit in New York could be as easy as there could be some resentment towards him from Knicks’ management.

Before last season, Williams as a free agent wanted to return to the Knicks and the feeling was mutual. However the salary cap strapped Knicks could only offer Williams a one-year deal for the mini-mid level exception. He instead signed with the New Jersey Nets and that could have angered the Knicks front office.

Whatever the reason may be, it looks as if Williams will not be returning to the Knicks anytime in the near future.

The Atlanta Hawks and Charlotte Bobcats are also rumored to have interest in Williams.

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