January 2005: Eric Williams Demands Trade
The Raptors acquired Eric Williams for the veteran leadership and willingness to put team goals first that he had displayed throughout his career. After a couple years of putting up with the whines of Vince Carter the franchise and fan-base believed that having Williams on board would add a new level of maturity to the team. After all here was a guy who had been around, knew how hard it was to work his way up in the NBA, and was a responsible single-parent caring for his son. Williams had actually signed with New Jersey originally in order to be closer to his son. In Williams, Toronto thought is had a "character guy" that it sorely needed to keep morale up in the locker room.
The morale didn't exactly soar when less than two months later Williams demand a trade due to a lack of playing time. For the next season and a half Williams did not drop this demand and his playing time continued to decrease. As the end of his guaranteed contract approached with the end of the 2005/2006 season Williams struggled to maintain his glee with finally escaping Toronto.
Unfortunately the trouble did not end in April 2006. Spending a season and a half riding the pine doesn't exactly do wonders for your free agent value so Williams exercised his contract option. In essence, Williams chose to stay in the exact same situation he had complained about for 18 months. Thus proving that being in Toronto with a couple million bucks is better than being anywhere else with the NBA veteran's minimum. Apparently Eric's money kisses his son when tucking him into bed every night.