The Charlotte Bobcats signing Reggie Williams will become an exercise in deferred gratification.
Williams, a 3-point specialist from Golden State, signed a two-year contract with the Bobcats on Thursday. Immediately the team announced Williams will need minor surgery on his left knee to repair a meniscus tear.
Williams said he injured his knee while playing in the Spanish League during the lockout. A Spanish doctor prescribed treatment, rather than surgery, but Williams will soon have the procedure. The team projects he'll be out 6-8 weeks, though Williams hopes to trim some time from that rehab.
"I trusted what they said, so I did it, but it didn't work out so well," Williams said of the medical advice he got in Spain. "Now we'll just go in and clean it up."
At 6-foot-6, Williams can play shooting guard or small forward. The Bobcats were the NBA's second-worst 3-point team last season at 32.7 percent. Williams was top-10 in the league individually last season at 42.3 percent.
Williams spent 1 1/2 seasons at Golden State after stints in Europe and the NBA's Development League. As a Warrior, he worked extensively with now-Bobcats lead assistant Stephen Silas.
"He's an offensive machine," Silas said. "He can stretch the floor with his 3-point shooting, but he also has a mid-range game. He didn't really shoot 3s in college (at Virginia Military Institute). He was more of like a slasher and mid-range guy."
Williams said he developed 3-point range in the D-League, then refined it working with two Warriors teammates - Charlotteans Stephen Curry and Anthony Morrow.
"To have a guy with the capability to come off the bench and give us 20 points, or if someone is down, to come in and start and we won't miss a beat? That will help a whole bunch," Silas said of Williams.
"If you're not able to stretch the defense with 3-point shooters, they can just load (defenders) into the paint and make it really, really hard to penetrate or post up," Silas said.
"And it's tough when you're trying to come back" without 3-point range. "You cut a deficit to four or five and you need that one (3-point) shot to put it over the top."