By Benjamin Standig
CSNwashington.comRemember way back when many a NBA Draft pundit - especially those based in the greater College Park area - questioned Maryland basketball star's Jordan Williams decision to turn pro despite any assurances he would be selected in the first round and the potential for a protracted leaguelockout? Well the labor impasse is over and as it turns out, despite not being selected until the second round, Williams wound up in a goodsituation with the frontcourt-lite New Jersey Nets. However, the post-player has been unable to take advantage of his positional prosperity. Now a report suggests Williams may get shipped out before he can suit up.Without Kris Humphries - Kim Kardashian's soon-to-be ex remains a free agent - the Nets are lacking viable power forward options; veteran stopgap Shelden Williams projects as the opening game starter.
Despite the opportunity, the Associated Press reported Nets coach Avery Johnson "hinted that the second-round pick out of Maryland might be headed for the NBA Development League."There is a bit of a bad luck element going on; Williams remains sidelined after missing several days of practice following a bout of dehydration. Bad reaction to food after practice early last week led to the wide-bodied big man receiving intravenous fluids. The Nets close out the preseason Wednesday at the Knicks before opening the regular season against the Wizards at the Verizon Center on December 26.On another note, 7-1 Ukrainian Alex Len expects to make his Maryland debut on December 28.