Bruce Maddox - Orlando Pinstriped Post
The Orlando Magic have waived dissatisfied point guard Jason Williams, the team announcced in a brief press release moments ago. A 12-year veteran in his second season with the Magic, Williams left the team for the second time in the last month when he didn't join it for its game against the Indiana Pacers this evening. Team President of Basketball Operations Otis Smith said earlier today, "we'll deal with him when we get back to Orlando," but must have changed his mind, as this decisive action removes Williams from the club immediately.
Waiving Williams frees another roster spot for Orlando, whose roster stands at 13 players, two below the league maximum. However, the Magic must pay Williams the balance of his league-minimum salary for the rest of the season. Right now, we don't know if the Magic tried trading him at all, but it's a moot point. He's gone, and Orlando got little in return for its minimal financial investment in him.
Williams made 98 regular-season appearances, plus 13 in the playoffs, in a Magic uniform. He averaged 5.4 points and 3.3 assists in those regular-season contests.