SPOKANE, Wash. —Former Gonzaga standout Nigel Williams-Goss announced on Twitter that he will be leaving the NBA to play basketball overseas.
Williams-Goss was scheduled to play for the Utah Jazz and is now signed with a team in Belgrade.
1st I want to thank the @utahjazz for giving me the opportunity to come to training camp with such a a great organization... (pt 1)— Nigel Williams-Goss (@NigelWG5) August 28, 2017
However, I've decided its in my best interest to spend my first season as a professional overseas to further my development... (prt. 2)— Nigel Williams-Goss (@NigelWG5) August 28, 2017
Williams-Goss was the 22nd GU player selected in the NBA Draft all-time. He was the 55th pick overall in the 2017 NBA Draft.
He was scheduled to go to training camp with the Jazz and compete for a roster spot, but was not guaranteed one.
The decision has been in the works since the draft and came down to a few factors, including playing time.
KREM 2's Darnay Tripp reported the Utah Jazz still owns Williams-Goss' rights and can buy him out of his contract with Partizan at any point. Other NBA teams can, if the Jazz releases his rights.
Williams-Goss picked Partizan because of the level of play, exposure, and a favorable buyout cost. He will head there on Wednesday.
NWG has decided to pass on training camp with the Jazz to play overseas this season. Signed two-year deal. https://t.co/puCoIyTbUd— Darnay Tripp (@DarnayTripp) August 28, 2017