Raptors cut ties with oft-injured guard Williams

Updated: July 26, 2006, 11:56 AM ET
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TORONTO -- There is no place for point guard Alvin Williams in the Toronto Raptors' new up-tempo offense.

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2006 SEASON STATISTICS
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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.