The Detroit Pistons have invited 6-foot-6 swingman Terrence Williams to training camp, according to multiple reports. The Pistons already have 15 contracts on their roster, so if Williams plays well enough to earn a roster spot, someone else will need to be cut.
Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news yesterday, which has since been confirmed by the brothers Vincent (Goodwill and Ellis). As Goodwill notes (and as discussed in this FanShot), Williams has spent the last few weeks working out at the Pistons' training facility.
Williams, the 11th overall pick in 2009, has played for three teams in three seasons, bouncing between the New Jersey Nets, Houston Rockets and Sacramento Kings. In 129 career games, the 25-year-old small forward / shooting guard has averaged 7.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 20.2 minutes per game.
Williams is an extremely athletic and well-rounded player, albeit one with a tendency to make frustrating mistakes. But if his decision-making ability ever catches up to his physical talents, he could be productive player in the NBA.
It's not too surprising the Pistons are interested in giving him a closer look. If you recall, he worked out for Detroit prior to the 2009 draft (flash back: read my brief interview with T-Will hours after his workout), but he was already off the board by the time the Pistons took Austin Daye at No. 15. He ended up going to the Nets, where he played briefly under Lawrence Frank as a rookie until Frank was fired 16 games into the season. And as a Seattle native, he's played in summer pro-am leagues with Rodney Stuckey.
Maybe he ends up making the team, maybe he doesn't. But there's really nothing to lose by giving him an extended look.