Ex-King Williams denied reinstatement

Updated: February 27, 2009, 10:13 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

Veteran guard Jason Williams' request to be immediately reinstated to the NBA after his voluntary retirement before the season has been denied, ESPN.com has learned.

League bylaws state that players wishing to return from the voluntary retirement list need unanimous approval from all 30 teams to avoid a one-year mandatory waiting period. According to ballot results obtained Friday, Williams' request was denied by a vote of 24-6.

But Williams' agent, Dan Tobin, ...

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