Williams in shape, but Knicks want Sessions
Jason Williams began his comeback to the NBA in the seclusion of the Knicks practice facility in Greenburgh Tuesday morning. The veteran guard, who stepped away from the game last season for family reasons, worked out for the Knicks to show that his 33-year-old body is still up for the rigors of the NBA grind. But both came away fairly certain they probably won't have a future together.
The Knicks, who are owned by Cablevision, which also owns Newsday, have until Thursday to negotiate exclusively with Williams, but likely will not make an offer. Williams is expected to begin talking to other teams at that point, with the Memphis Grizzlies among the teams interested. One person came away from Williams' workout Tuesday saying he "looked good" and that he was "in great shape."
But the focal point right now remains Bucks restricted free agent guard Ramon Sessions, who is seeking a full mid-level exception offer sheet (five years, $33.9 million) from the Knicks. Donnie Walsh, who, along with Mike D'Antoni is very interested in Sessions, doesn't think he should throw that much money at the 23-year-old.
No other offers have been made to Sessions - only a qualifying offer from Milwaukee is on the table - so Walsh could be negotiating against himself.
It is believed the offer sheet needs only to be above about $3 million per season to avoid having it matched by the Bucks, who appear ready to move forward with first-round pick Brandon Jennings.