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Hawks waive Jordan Williams, expect some team to grab him

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NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 14: Jordan Williams #20 of the New Jersey Nets reaches for a loose ball in the second half against Mickael Pietrus #28 of the Boston Celtics at Prudential Center on April 14, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)

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You can add one new name to the list of available power forward free agents, one that will quickly move to the top of the board for a lot of teams.

The Atlanta Hawks waived Jordan Williams, the second-year player out of Maryland. Williams had been with the Nets last season but was traded to the Hawks as part of the Joe Johnson deal.

Williams started out last season slowly (and not in great shape) but played his way into shape and due to injuries got more run as the season wore on. And he showed potential in those minutes — he didn’t score a lot (4.7 per game and he has no shooting range to speak of) but rebounded pretty well on both ends of the floor and played within himself. He’s no lock for a long NBA career, but you can see potential in him.

For teams looking for another big, most would rather have a young player with potential than a veteran on the down side of their career. It’s why he will be off the market pretty quickly.

The Hawks made this move after re-signing their own promising young big man Ivan Johnson.