Days before free agency broke, then Portland Trail Blazers guard Mo Williams decided to opt-out of his contract though did so with the intentions of getting a large, more secure deal.
It wasn’t that he was looking to leave the Portland Trail Blazers, he just wanted more financial security. Such a sentiment is understandable, but the Portland Trail Blazers know they’re going to be cash strapped in the near future with contract extensions and they weren’t looking to spend needless money on a backup point guard if they didn’t have to.
Again, that’s not to suggest that the Trail Blazers didn’t want to keep Mo Williams, but they wanted to do so at a price they favored. That price wasn’t high enough for Williams however, who visited multiple teams (including the Dallas Mavericks) before signing a contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
That didn’t sit well with some Blazers fans who bashed the point guard on social media, though the veteran wasn’t having that, suggesting the divorce was essentially because of the Blazers.
I’m not sure why Williams felt the need to defend himself since this is the daily routine of NBA free agency, but I guess he wanted it to be known that it was the Blazers decision that he wasn’t coming back. Of course, had he not opted out of his contract he’d still be with them.
The addition of Mo Williams in Minnesota was questionable to some given their influx of guards, so it’ll be interesting to see how things shake out.