Williams officially became a member of the Jazz on Wednesday night, his swap for Devin Harris going through with the NBA moratorium on trades and free agent signings coming to an end.
This represents a fresh start for Williams, who had become a bit stale in Atlanta as a former No. 2 pick in the 2005 NBA Draft who hasn't quite lived up to expectations. Williams knows his reputation as a solid, if not spectacular, small forward. He also knows that Utah has a need for his length and athleticism, and that this is a fresh start for him.
"I'm excited," Williams said. "It's a chance for me to come in and help the organization on and off the court. I can't wait to get started."
With the long commercial flight from Atlanta behind him on Wednesday night, Williams' first mission was food. He will be formally introduced on Thursday morning in a press conference at the Jazz's practice facility. He will then start looking for a place to live.
Williams also has to acclimate himself to Utah's system, which he admits that he knows little of. Williams, 6-foot-9, has a year remaining on his contract, plus a player option. The Jazz envision him becoming a small forward who can defend, rebound, play multiple positions and stretch the floor with mid-range and long range shooting.
More than anything, Williams is excited to become a piece of Utah's young core, which includes Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter.
"It'll be different," Williams said. "Obviously, this is my first time being traded. Hopefully, I can get adjusted quickly by the end of the summer. I'm just excited to be a part of this team. These guys play hard. Every time you went up against the Jazz, you knew what kind of game you were in for."