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Terrence Williams joins L.A. D-fenders after Nets pass

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The Nets discussed the possibility of picking up Terrence Williams for their D-League affiliate in Springfield, but ultimately passed. The 6'6" combo guard with a checkered past was taken off waivers by the L.A. D-Fenders, the Lakers' affiliate. Gino Pilato of D-League Digest first reported the news.

Williams, after spending the early part of the season with Turk Telekom of the Turkish League, entered the D-League player pool last week.  As such, he was eligible to be signed by D-League teams in reverse order of league record. With a 3-10 record, the Springfield Armor were among the first teams that could have signed him.

The Nets discussed signing Williams in whom they had "legitimate interest," as one league source said, but ultimately decided against it.  Williams was traded (for two first round picks and Sash Vujacic) in 2011 after a tumultuous season and a half in New Jersey. T-Will, who was Eastern Conference rookie of the month in April 2010, often displayed all-star level talent but he and coaches clashed, he was late for team functions and even got into a shouting match with a beat reporter, for which he apologized.

Two days ago, a source told RealGM's Shams Charania that WIlliams had "no plans" of playing for the Armor.. However, if the Nets/Armor had decided to claim him off waivers, he would have had no choice.

Since then, Williams has played for the Rockets, Kings, Pistons and Celtics, none of whom has offered him anything other than a vets minimum contract. He also played in China. The Celtics were willing to sign him to their Maine affiliate, but the D-Fenders took him before the Red Claws had an opportunity.