Grizzlies' Jason Williams retires

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Memphis, TN - Memphis Grizzlies guard Jason Williams decided to retire on Monday after a 12-year NBA career.

The 35-year-old, who sat out the last 17 contests with lower back soreness, was in his second stint with the Grizzlies after signing with them as a free agent in early February.

Williams also spent the 2001-05 seasons with Memphis, averaging 11.9 points, 7.2 assists and 2.4 rebounds per game and is still the franchise's all-time assists leader (2,069).

The 6-foot-1 guard started the season with Orlando, but was waived on January 26. He posted per-game averages of 2.0 points, 1.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 10.9 minutes in 27 games this year with the Magic and Memphis.

Originally taken with the seventh overall selection in the 1998 draft by Sacramento out of the University of Florida, Williams has career averages of 10.5 points, 2.3 rebounds and 5.9 assists in 788 games -- 667 starts -- with the Kings, Grizzlies, Miami and Orlando.

The 6-foot-1 Williams also appeared in 23 playoff contests, averaging 9.3 points, 2.0 rebounds and 3.9 assists and was a member of the Heat when they claimed the 2006 title.


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