When the season came to a conclusion, Portland Trail Blazers’ point guard Mo Williams decided to opt out of the second year of the two-year deal he signed a year earlier. Williams wants to play for a winner and the Trail Blazers are just that but with Damian Lillard emerging into one of the league’s top point guards and the Trail Blazers excited about second-year guard C.J. McCollum, Williams knew he’d return in a diminished role so he set off looking for a better fir for the 2014-2015 season.
Williams received interest from the Dallas Mavericks, but they have since re-signed Devin Harris and agreed to a deal with former Orlando Magic point guard Jameer Nelson.
Now it looks like Williams has finally found a home. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, Williams has agreed to a one-year,$3.75 million deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves. His agency, Priority Sports, confirmed the deal.
Mo Williams has agreed to a one year, $3.75M deal with the Timberwolves, league source tells Yahoo.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 28, 2014
— Priority Sports (@PrioritySports) July 28, 2014
If the Timberwoves are able to including J.J. Barea in a potential Kevin Love trade, point guard would become a position of need. Williams can also play alongside starter Ricky Rubio because of his shooting ability, making it a solid fit.
Williams averaged 9.7 points, 4.3 assists and 2.1 rebounds per game while shooting 41.7% from the floor, 36.9% from beyond the arc and 87.6% from the free throw line last season. Williams was originally drafted with the 47th-overall pick in the second round of the 2003 draft by the Utah Jazz. The former Alabama Crimson Tide star, who has proven to be a gigantic steal, spent just one year with the Jazz before moving on to the Milwaukee Bucks. After four years there, he joined LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers for three seasons, the Los Angeles Clippers for two and then re-joined the Jazz for the 2012-2013 season before joining the Blazers.