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Raptors cut ties with oft-injured guard Williams

TORONTO -- There is no place for point guard
Alvin Williams in the Toronto Raptors' new up-tempo offense.

The Raptors on Wednesday released the oft-injured guard.

"Parting ways is simply something that needed to be done for
this franchise and Alvin to both move forward," Raptors
president and general manager Bryan Colangelo said.

Colangelo acquired speedy point guard T.J. Ford from Milwaukee
earlier in the month to direct a run-and-gun style employed by
his former team -- the Phoenix Suns.

Williams, 31, simply did not fit any longer due to a troublesome
right knee that limited him to one game since March 19, 2004.
He underwent microfracture surgery on the knee in November 2004
and an arthroscopic procedure last December to clean up scar
tissue within the joint.

Acquired from Portland in February 1998, Williams is the
Raptors' all-time assist leader with 1,791 and is second in
games (417).

In 458 career games, Williams has averaged 9.1 points and 4.1
assists. He averaged a career-high 13.2 points in 2003.