Update: Williams is likely to make the Suns' roster to begin the 2016-17 season, Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic reports. 'Chances are, he'll have a spot [for Williams],' Suns GM Ryan McDonough said. 'We told him to plan on being around our group and keep coming in to workouts. He's a native Phoenician so he's here most of the time. He spent a ton of time in the gym and I think you see the improvement in his body and game as well.'
Analysis: While Williams' contract for the 2016-17 season isn't guaranteed as of yet, the $874,636 he's owed fully vests if he remains on the roster after Sept. 1. Williams, a 6-foot-8 big man, was a First-Team All-Summer League performer for the Suns earlier this month, averaging 11.8 points and 11.2 rebounds across six games. Even if he does make the Suns' roster, Williams is unlikely to be a meaningful contributor on a night-to-night basis, especially if centers Tyson Chandler and Alex Len are able to stay healthy.
Injury Status: No
Apr 14 2016, 06:04 AM
Update: Williams posted 14 points (5-9 FG, 4-5 FT), 12 rebounds, two assists, three blocks and a steal over 22 minutes in Wednesday's 114-105 season-ending victory over the Clippers.
Analysis: The undrafted rookie center turned in career highs across the board, collecting his first double-double in the process. With a multi-year contract in hand, Williams figures to have much more opportunity next season to acclimate to the pro game. He finishes his rookie season with averages of 2.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.5 blocks and 0.4 steals across 6.8 minutes.
Injury Status: No
Mar 29 2016, 13:33 PM
Update: Williams has come to terms with the Suns on a multi-year contract.
Analysis: Williams, an undrafted rookie, first signed a 10-day deal with the Suns back on March 8 following a successful run in the Chinese Basketball Association, during which he averaged 20.8 points and 15.4 rebounds in 35 games. Unsurprisingly, he's seen his production take a significant hit while struggling to get off the bench with the Suns, averaging just 2.3 points and 2.3 rebounds in 5.3 minutes over three appearances. Evidently, the team has been impressed enough with him in limited action to carry him on the roster for the remainder of the season, though Williams will likely need to prove himself again in training camp next fall if he hopes to clinch a spot on the 2016-17 roster.