John "Hot Rod" Williams came, saw and went amid rumors that the Seattle SuperSonics may be about to acquire him in a trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Williams signed a seven-year, $26.5 million offer sheet from the Miami Heat that was matched by the Cavaliers last month. Then, he flew here with his wife, Karen, and his agent, Mark Bartelstein, for a look-see before the entourage flew out of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Wednesday night.The Sonics reportedly have offered Nate McMillan and Xavier McDaniel for Williams, who has the option of rejecting the trade.
"I wanted to check the city out before I get here - if I want to go," Williams told KING-TV in an airport interview. "I always knew Seattle was a great-looking city from playing here the years I've been in Cleveland."
Bartelstein said there were no contract discussions with the Sonics Wednesday.
"They just wanted us to see the schools, the different areas where the players live and just get a feel for the environment here," he said. "That's really what this trip was all about. It was just a chance to see the city and the Sonics wanted to show us around."
Williams, 28, a former Tulane star, averaged 16.8 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.0 blocks last year for the Cavs. The 6-11, 230-pound forward played in all 82 games, extending his streak to 241 consecutive games - the seventh-longest in the NBA.
"Money has nothing to do with this," Williams said earlier this week. "I want to be settled somewhere and know I can play where they want me. To play up front with the Sonics sounds like fun."
On Tuesday, Bartelstein declined to talk about a price.
"Coming to Seattle doesn't mean it's a done deal but obviously it's something we're considering strongly," he said.