Clippers going without Williams

June 16, 1994|By Los Angeles Daily News

LOS ANGELES -- John Williams hasn't made it back to the Duke University weight-loss clinic this off-season, and he definitely won't be returning to the Los Angeles Clippers.

The team announced yesterday it has decided not to exercise the option on Williams' contract, creating an open salary slot of $1.1 million and freeing the former No. 1 draft pick of the Washington Bullets to take his battle with the scale to another city.

Williams, who spent the first four months of the season at Duke while on the suspended list, dropped from 330 pounds to 275, earning a recall to the roster in February. He was weighed at 294 pounds at the end of the year and said he would re-enroll at Duke with teammate Stanley Roberts.

Williams has stayed in Los Angeles since the season ended, and Roberts recently returned home to Orlando, Fla., after a short stay at Duke. Under the league's collective bargaining agreement, teams can only suggest players submit to an off-season weight program.

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