According to a report from the Kent Reporter, a newspaper in Williams’ home state of Washington, the point guard was arrested yesterday following a domestic dispute.
At about 1:55 p.m., officers were dispatched to meet the victim who resides in the downtown Kent area.
The victim reported that the father of her 10-year-old son in common, identified as NBA basketball player Terrence D. Williams, arrived to her home for a scheduled visitation exchange of their son. She said during the exchange in the parking lot area an argument ensued. The victim reported that during the argument Williams brandished a firearm and made threats.
Williams left the area prior to police arrival, but was later located and taken into custody.
What does Williams’ arrest mean for his future with the Celtics?
A charge as serious as this does not bode well for what had been an admirable comeback to the NBA for Williams this season. Now though, all of that comes into question.
The former Louisville star is under contract for next season, at the veteran’s minimum ($947,000), but that contract is not guaranteed. If Williams does not make the team out of training camp and is waived on or before October 31st, the point guard can be let go without any charge to the salary cap. There are a series of guarantees associated with the deal, with the first deadline coming on June 30th for 200,000 (h/t: ESPNBoston.com).
The legal process will play itself out with the Washington native over the next few weeks surely, but given how swiftly and seriously the Celtics’ ownership group has ridded themselves of players involved with gun charges in the past, I’d say I highly doubt we see Williams in a Celtics uniform next season, if the charges are proven.
We’ll have much more on this story as it develops, as well as any reaction from the Celtics’ on the arrest.