Source: Dwyane Wade Urges Heat to Sign Jason Williams
Williams (pictured right with Wade in 2008), a free agent who played as a backup last season in Orlando, has been in contact with Wade throughout the summer and throughout this free agent process, discussing a potential return to Miami. They were the starting backcourt in 2006 when the Heat won the NBA title, and coach Erik Spoelstra was an assistant.
According to two NBA sources Wednesday, one at the Orlando Summer League, Wade has made known to Heat management his desire to see Williams return.
Williams, after sitting out the 2008-09 season, returned to the NBA last season in Orlando as a productive backup to starter Jameer Nelson. According to one report, the Heat have talked to Portland about a possible trade for Andre Miller, but if those talks do not move forward, the Heat will turn to Williams again.
Although the Magic had hoped to bring back Williams, it is unlikely he will be offered anything more than the NBA veteran minimum. His job as the backup point guard to Nelson disappeared earlier this week when the Magic reached an agreement with Knicks point guard Chris Duhon.
The only point guard under contract now in Miami is young Mario Chalmers, who struggled last season and played behind both veterans Carlos Arroyo and Rafer Alston.
Chalmers also has been dangled during trade talks as the Heat begin looking for a more proven veteran to team with Wade and Bosh, who expect to be immediate championship contenders.
Williams averaged 20.8 minutes, 6 points and 3.6 assists last season, playing all 82 games.