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Aug 07

Reports: Blazers Sign Mo Williams

By caseyholdahl

Adrian Wojnaroski of Yahoo! Sports is reporting that the Trail Blazers have signed veteran guard Mo Williams to a two-year, $5.6 million contract, with the second year being a player option. Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com and David Aldridge of NBA.com have also confirmed the report.

Mo Williams then went on to Tweet his own confirmation.
Williams started all 46 games he played last season for the Utah Jazz, averaging 12.9 points, 6.2 assists and 2.4 rebounds while shooting 38 percent from three in 30.8 minutes per game. Williams, who can play both guard positions, had played for the Bucks, Cavaliers and Clippers before returning to the Jazz, where he played his rookie year, for the 2012-14 season.  He missed 31 games during the middle of the season after undergoing surgery on his right thumb.

The signing is the most recent by Trail Blazers general manager Neil Olshey, who has made numerous moves this summer to bolster Portland's bench. Williams will join Dorell Wright, Thomas Robinson, Earl Watson and rookies CJ McCollum and Allen Crabbe as presumptive bench players added to Portland's roster during the 2013 offseason.

Mike Tokito of The Oregonian is reporting that Williams' relationships with  Olshey, who was the GM of the Clippers during Williams' tenure in L.A., and head coach Terry Stotts, who coached Williams as the head coach of the Bucks from 2005 to 2007, played a role in Williams signing with Portland.

The addition of Williams signals a couple of things. It assures that Terrel Harris, who recently caught a five-game suspension for violating the NBA's substance abuse policy, will be cut before his salary becomes guaranteed at the end of October. It also signals that the team isn't willing to wait for Will Barton, McCollum or Crabbe to prove they're ready for extended minutes in Portland's backcourt. The team has no interest in going into another season with uncertainty at backup point guard, and Williams' signing removes all concern on that front.

But most importantly, it removes all doubt that the Trail Blazers are out to make the playoffs in 2014. Showing LaMarcus Aldridge that the team is taking steps to make considerable improvements is a nice ancillary, too.

19 Comments

  1. It appears that this means Portland doesn't plan on playing CJ at Point Guard at all and he'll strictly back up Matthews. I love this pickup though... as far as PG stats go, Williams averaged 9.6 assists per 48 minutes compared to Lillard averaging 8.0 per 48 minutes. Williams will give us a pass-first PG who can still hit the outside shot and provide a bit of scoring too. I love this.

    by chris.barnes on 8/7/2013 11:31 AM
  2. After seeing him at summer league, I don't think it's such a bad idea to let McCollum focus on shooting guard, at least early on

    by caseyholdahl on 8/7/2013 11:37 AM
  3. Mo (if official), CJ, DWright, Thomas, & Meyers is a huge upgrade from last year's reserve unit

    by DHawes22 on 8/7/2013 11:39 AM
  4. even the 3rd unit is better then last year 2nd unit. portland will finally save damian leg for the big game instead of playing him 38 mins. against a weak opponent. blazers will probably go high as no.4 in the west, behind spurs, thunder, and the warriors. rockets will be no.6 in the west. expect a big playoff run this year ripcity

    by DamianLilard on 8/7/2013 11:58 AM
  5. I love our bench, our front office really stepped up on this one! Could we please make a run at Omer Asik now to boost our Center position? Came up with a scenario learning that the Suns want to dump Micheal Beasley.
    http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=mf3vqqd

    by tanneralan on 8/7/2013 12:27 PM
  6. I like this signing for a few reasons: w/ Mo-dub we finish NO worse than 7th in the West, we no longer will get broken down by Mo (he's had some good games v. us!), & between him AND Watson... these (OUR guys now! :) guys will b EXCELLENT mentors/influences on/off court for not only our youngest/newest guys BUT ALSO OUR other more established guys :) Mo-dub & Watson have ages/contracts that won't hinder the transition between their time/role & the young guys coming up/in & they will not only ^ BUT the process for OUR young guys, ESPECIALLY Cj, will b accelerated! :)

    All the while I was talkin' up Harris, talking about bringing in Cole Aldrich or bringing back E. Will, or saying to keep the 15th open... I knew/saw Mo-dub was available but 1st, I didn't think he would want to join us & 2nd, bringing him in DOES signal Cj's not close to ready/he won't get significant playing time, so those r the reasons why I never brought up Mo's name ;) However, along the lines of what Casey said ^, this takes a lot of pressure off Cj to develop & allows him more to hone his skills & eases his experience w/ adapting to the NBA. NOW that Mo-dub is w/ us, I'm happy he's here, I embrace him, & want to welcome him to OUR Blazer family! :)

    ps LOVE his tweet because it sums up PERFECTLY where his mind is @ & the man IS right! :)

    by Simpson on 8/7/2013 12:37 PM
  7. @ tanneralan, I like Asik too but let's not give up on Meyers so soon. Granted, he didn't progress as much as I would've liked him to during SL games (we've still got some time b4 the season too ;) but... we ALL knew it would take a while w/ his development + he's still VERY young. Meyers needs our support; our patience will b rewarded 1 way or another ;)

    by Simpson on 8/7/2013 12:44 PM
  8. Simpson: We also have LMA playing center in small ball, in which I think we will be doing a lot of, That gives Leonard a chance to play PF when Lopez is center, along with playing with LMA as Leonard can run the floor and shoot from outside as well as learning the post.

    It may not be perfect, but it is taking advantage of what we have.

    by Hg on 8/7/2013 1:25 PM
  9. @ Hg, I like it all! :) We've got crazy versatility now! ;P

    by Simpson on 8/7/2013 1:31 PM
  10. Don't get me wrong I am a Leonard fan, but I would much rather have Asik, if we had a starting line up of

    PG- Damian Lillard
    SG- Wesley Matthews
    SF- Nic Batum
    PF- LA
    C- (Omer Asik)

    Bench- PG- Mo Williams, SG- CJ McCollum, SF- Dorrell Wright,
    PF- T. Robinson, and C- Robin Lopez

    That is a mighty stacked team with amazing potential! I love Asik because the guy is a crazy rebounder and plays under the rim like Hickson, but is taller and knows how to defend other strong centers on the west coast.

    by tanneralan on 8/7/2013 4:00 PM
  11. @tanneraian: I think we would all like Asik, but will he come here and I think he is still part of Houston, and what is his price/

    All I am saying is play the hand we have and make the most out of it. Leonard may turn into an Asik.

    by Hg on 8/7/2013 4:15 PM
  12. Coach Stotts has hardware. Commit to the defense.
    Rip City needs health, heart and one focus. DEFENSE
    GO BLAZERS!!

    by Divotking on 8/7/2013 4:44 PM
  13. definitely this roster will make a different kind of run this 2013-14 season.
    rip city will rise again...!!!

    by Ray Flickerstix on 8/7/2013 4:53 PM
  14. definitely this roster will make a different kind of run this 2013-14 season.
    rip city will rise again...!!!

    by Ray Flickerstix on 8/7/2013 4:54 PM
  15. Another exciting prospect. Now I really want it to be October! And I cannot wait for November when we can all see this really start live from the Rose Garden!! :)

    by Niki C on 8/7/2013 5:28 PM
  16. I agree Simpson. Leonard may not have had a great rookie year, but he's still so young and can easily improve every facet of his game. He just needs to take it one step at a time. As long as he continues to improve I think the front office will keep him and he could be very valuable someday, particularly if he made improvements on the defensive end.

    I'm also excited to see what Thomas Robinson can do too. People talk about playing Leonard at PF alongside LMA, but I think Robinson can produce just as much as Leonard, if not more, at least in the box score. Can't wait to see Mo Williams throwing Leonard and T-Rob some alley-oops this season!

    by chris.barnes on 8/7/2013 6:03 PM
  17. @ chris.barnes & Niki C, true ALL dat! :) I ALSO cannot wait for MOvember! I've ALREADY got a mustache ready to pay my respects to Mo-dub! Hahaha! :)

    by Simpson on 8/7/2013 9:21 PM
  18. Great comments, ya'll

    by caseyholdahl on 8/8/2013 9:22 AM
  19. No one should forget about Robin Lopez, because he is still young and i think he can bring in solid games, they may not be flashy, but i think his presence will definitely be felt this season

    by damian97 on 8/8/2013 3:45 PM
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