Williams says he'll be back

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:21 AM ET

Eric Williams' ailing body remains a work in progress.

So says the veteran forward, who has played five whopping minutes this season.

Williams, who had arthroscopic right knee surgery this past summer, said he pulled his left hamstring recently.

"I probably could play. I can go out there and get some minutes out there. Would I be 100%? No," Williams said. "At any given time, this muscle can pop like it did a few practices ago. Right now, it's just patience. I had surgery on my right leg, now it's my left hamstring pull. I've just got to wait and see how the muscles work."

Some have suggested Williams is inactive simply because there is no room for him in the rotation, with Morris Peterson and Joey Graham playing major minutes. But Williams said that's not the case.

"I'm working my way back, getting myself back in shape," he said.

Williams has been traded the past two seasons just after the Dec. 15 window to trade players signed in the past summer opens. Once again, Williams' name has been in several rumours this season.

"The last year, there were no rumours about me being traded," he said. "I don't even worry about that stuff. I just know the last two years, I've been traded on the 15th. Other than that, I just like the business side take care of itself."

Williams still feels he can be help the Raptors.

"They've got a lot of 2s and 3s on the team," he said. "A young 3 man in Joey and a young veteran in Mo Pete and Jalen (Rose) is here and sometimes Charlie (Villanueva) can go to the 3. But I still have got room in this organization because they ain't got the experience the way I have and in close games, I can win it for you."

BRIEFLY

Raptors guard Mike James will play host to a holiday gathering for 250 children and their families in Scarborough on Saturday. The event (3-6 p.m.) will be held at the Fleming YMCA.


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