Jan 8, 2014; Portland, OR, USA; Orlando Magic point guard Jameer Nelson (14) jumps in front of a pass by Portland Trail Blazers point guard Mo Williams (25) at the Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Mo Williams plans to opt out of contract, but wants to return to Portland

Portland Trail Blazers point guard Mo Williams has a player option worth just under $3 million dollars for the 2014-2015 season, an option he plans to decline come season end.

Williams, who will then become a free agent, did express a desire to return to the Blazers however:

Portland Trail Blazers guard Mo Williams tells CSNNW.com he will opt out of his deal with the team at the conclusion of the season and become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Williams’ desire to opt out makes sense considering his relatively low salary and the amount of young guards on the Blazers roster.

It’s likely he’s simply playing the good teammate card right now, suggesting that he wants to return as doing so would likely push him further down the bench next season as the Blazers give rookie C.J. McCollum more floor time moving forward.

It’s possible Williams could attempt to cash in on a mid-level exception type deal with a contender next season if he doesn’t return to Portland.

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  • Draftdog

    Mo understands the Blazers will know what they have in McCollum by the end of the year. If he is better than Mo, then Mo is a goner. If he proves to be a lesser quality or injury prone (more than likely) Mo has a home in Portland. Either way his contract is taken care of before Lillard and Aldridge need to be dealt with. Even with McColllum the Blazers need someone like Mo waiting in the wings for the inevitable McCollum injury. The smart thing to do, if the Blazers can get a few good productive months from McCollum, would be to trade him this summer for a 2014 draft pick. Let’s face it if McCollum was in this draft he wouldn’t go 10th; closer to 20th than 10th.