What Happened To NBA-Star Eric Williams?
Former NBA veteran Eric Williams was drafted by the Boston Celtics with the 14th pick in the 1995 NBA Draft. He played with them for two years before being traded to the Denver Nuggets in the 1997 offseason for some second-round picks in the draft. The Nuggets only got four games from Williams during the 1997-98 campaign due to him tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The following season, he returned but only played in 38 of the 82 regular season games with Denver before repatriating him to Boston with Danny Fortson and Eric Washington plus a pick of draft coming in return for Ron Mercer, Ronald "Popeye" Jones, and Dwayne Schintzius. While in Boston, he was a common name featured in player props at online betting sites due to his consistency as a scorer.
His second term with the Celtics lasted more than four seasons until they traded him with the Cleveland Cavaliers for Tony Battie and Kedrick Brown in a trade to Ricky Davis, Chris Mihm, Michael Stewart, and a second-round draft pick on December 15, 2003.
On June 21, 2006, Williams was traded with Matt Bonner and a second-round pick in the 2009 NBA Draft in San Antonio for Rasho Nesterovič and cash considerations.
On February 13, 2007, Williams was traded with the second pick in the second round 2009 NBA Draft as the Spurs received Raptors at the Charlotte Bobcats for Melvin Ely. On March 16, Williams was released by the Bobcats to make room for Alan Anderson, according to ESPN.
During his NBA career, Williams played for seven teams in 11 years. He also averaged 8.6 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 1.4 assists per game.