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Pistons sign F Shawne Williams to replenish bench

Rod Beard
The Detroit News

Auburn Hills — After parting with several bench players at last week's trade deadline, the Pistons had a few holes to fill on the roster.

Pistons president-coach Stan Van Gundy filled the last one of those on Tuesday, with a waiver claim on Shawne Williams.

Williams, 6-foot-10, 230-pounds forward was traded from the Heat to the Pelicans last week and but was released on Sunday. With the Heat, Williams had 22 starts in 44 games and averaged 6.6 and 3.2 rebounds.

"We needed a little depth and he's a guy who comes in on a value contract and has a non-guaranteed contract for next year, so it gives us a lot of flexibility," Van Gundy said. "It's one of those moves that helps us right now going forward over the last 25 games and also gives us an asset.

"That's what we're into — we're trying to get better and acquire assets — and Shawne fits in both categories."

Williams played in college at Memphis and was selected 17th overall by the Pacers in the 2006 draft. In his NBA career, Williams is averaging 5.8 points and 3.1 rebounds.

"Shawne is more of a guy we think can play right now," Van Gundy said. "He had a good year last year; he is a guy that should be ready to go and throw in an NBA game right now.

"He's not a (small forward) — not in my mind. He's a stretch (power forward) that gives us insurance on injuries, foul trouble. Really, I look at it as replacing where Jonas (Jerebko) was in our rotation."