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Heat, other teams show interest in Mo Williams

Jul 27, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

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When talking at Summer League, people around the associated seemed surprised that Mo Williams was still on the board as a free agent. Williams isn’t elite but he is a solid veteran — 12.9 points and 6.2 assists a game last season, plus he shot 38 percent from three.

The most likely landing spot for him appears to be back with the Jazz, kind of a mentor to rookie Troy Burke.

But there are other teams interested, including Miami according to a note from the Miami Herald:

The Heat is among teams that has shown some interest in free agent point guard Mo Williams. And Williams is said to have interest in Miami if he doesn’t get an offer higher than the minimum.

It’s all about the Benjamins. Williams deserves more than the minimum but at this point may not get it (or not much more). If the money is close to equal, why wouldn’t he head to Miami where he would get minutes (in tandem with Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole) at the one?

Just something to watch. Whoever lands Williams at the minimum or near it will have a good value for the price.

  1. JMClarkent - Jul 27, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    I would be surprised to see Mo back with Utah, it seems like another Raja Bell situation waiting to happen. I think they would be better off letting Tinsley mentor the kid as he has no illusions of his place in the pecking order.

  2. dolphindubs - Jul 27, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    Wonder if Cole or Chalmers would be moved via trade if the Heat were to land Williams?

    • casualcommenter - Jul 27, 2013 at 7:54 PM

      My guess would be Chalmers.

      He’s on the last year of his $4 million-per-year deal, and the Heat owner isn’t fond of paying the new CBA’s luxury taxes – just ask Mike Miller.
      Meanwhile, Cole is still under his roughly $1 million per year rookie deal for a couple of more years and is a solid on-ball defender.

      Mo Williams (signed for near the minimum) would fill Chalmers’ role of veteran PG who can hit 3’s at roughly 1/2 the cost.

      • zoomy123 - Jul 27, 2013 at 11:14 PM

        Maybe AFTER this upcoming season, but certainly not before it. There’s no way that Chalmers is going to be moved in favor of Mo Williams. Chalmers has contributed huge crunch time minutes in both of Miami’s championship runs, so I doubt he’ll be moved in favor of Mo Williams.

      • fanofthegame79 - Jul 28, 2013 at 10:42 AM

        I’m a fan of both Chalmers and Cole. But at this point, I would keep Chalmers. I think he has a higher upside and he’s proven to be very good in big games. He knows the Heat team very well and he complements them his skill-set. I think if Mo came in, Chalmers would be coming off the bench….but that’s not a bad thing. He would be great leading the 2nd squad!

    • adamsjohn714 - Jul 29, 2013 at 3:14 AM

      This is ridiculous. Chalmers is so much better than Williams. He’s a much better shooter, turns it over way less, and gets twice the steals too.

  3. jimthebuilder27 - Jul 27, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    Overrated punk

    • badge3832 - Jul 27, 2013 at 10:55 PM

      get over it. Autographs are for losers.

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 28, 2013 at 5:02 AM

      Jeezzz! Tell us how you REALLY feel!

  4. dls612 - Jul 27, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    Miami won two outta three titles with Chalmers and Cole, we are ok a the pg position especially when LeBron can play and has played that position! Keep them and bring in some rebounding size! Yep thats what I said rebounding size!

    • smoothaswilkes - Jul 27, 2013 at 10:26 PM

      We? What part do you play on the team? I mean besides driving the bandwagon.

      • cantonbound13 - Jul 28, 2013 at 11:16 PM

        Funny. Very true & very funny.

    • zoomy123 - Jul 27, 2013 at 11:16 PM

      And in 2011 Chalmers wasn’t even the starting PG, Mike Bibby was, and Norris Cole hadn’t even been drafted yet.

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 28, 2013 at 5:21 AM

      Rebounding size…hmmm. I like it! lol

  5. pl4tinum514 - Jul 27, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    Mo is a b-tch if he goes to play with Lebron after what Lebron did to him in CLE

  6. axelmontoya99 - Jul 27, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Have anyone noticed Heat is interested in every free agent avaible?

    • kinggw - Jul 27, 2013 at 9:21 PM

      And by every free agent you mean Camby, Oden, and Mo? The Heat’s offseason priorities were to resign Andersen and Allen and they did that. Who else did they have been reported to be interested in?

  7. kb2408 - Jul 27, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    Mo, Mario, Norris…who cares? Their all the same. Unless Miami gets some size it won’t matter next season. Maybe Mo can guard Scola, Hibbert, K.G. or Noah….??

    • dj3garrett - Jul 27, 2013 at 10:19 PM

      Why did you name Luis Scola? He’s only 6’9″… If you think Miami is worried about that guy then something’s wrong… To be honest if Wade is healthy (it’s a big if) for the playoffs I don’t see any team beating them in a 7 game series… Wade has been hurt for the past two playoffs and they’ve won both… Imagine if he’s healthy…

      • smoothaswilkes - Jul 27, 2013 at 10:28 PM

        my imagination is not that active. wade’s on the wrong side of 30 and has been injury prone his entire career.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 27, 2013 at 10:49 PM

      What does Miami need size for?

      Hibbert? Twice beaten by the Big 3 Heat in a series.
      Noah? Twice beaten by the Big 3 Heat in a series.
      KG? Twice beaten by the Big 3 Heat in a series.

      Those guys are not an issue.

      And Luis Scola is small and soft. He’s not a concern unless he pulls out his master flops.

      • knodtl1 - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:37 AM

        Hibbert: now has David West AND newley added Scola and Chris Copeland for support.

        Noah: No D-Rose last time, with Jimmy Butler and a healthy D-Rose plus their better bench, the Bulls are better.

        KG: Now he is working with Brook Lopez and AK-47.

        I like the new odds.

      • 00maltliquor - Jul 28, 2013 at 5:26 AM

        Scola is not soft, but everything else you got a real point there.

      • legend30 - Jul 28, 2013 at 9:46 AM

        Knod, how did Bulls got a better bench? All they did was sign Mike Dunleavy to replace Nate Robinson and Marco Belinelli. That’s getting worse.

  8. antistratfordian - Jul 27, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    Mo Gotti!

    I remember an interview he had when he was on the Cavs where he said he would follow LeBron anywhere because he loved playing with him.

  9. miamatt - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    At the minimum- and that price point is key- I’d love this move. Another veteran who can initiate the offense and knock down open threes. He’ll be just 31 in December, so he actually is younger than most of Miami’s bench. The only concern I have is that he has played fewer than 60 games in three straight seasons- I’m not sure if that was due to injury or just being the odd man out in the rotation.

    Should the Heat real in Williams and Oden, I’d say they did about as well has they could have this offseason.

  10. brnust4me - Jul 28, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    Truefan— what we are forgetting is the Miami success. Success they have had without playing their best basketball together. When Lebron, Bosh and Wade play their best , they will be almost unstoppable. If Oden can give them just 15 minutes per game that will be great. They have not played their best. I predict Bosh and Wade will both play better this coming season. Mo Williams will be a great asset. My only regret is them losing Mike Miller, a pure shooter. I hope that does not come back to haunt them

  11. vontekelz - Jul 28, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    He should go to Miami so he can say he won a title before K.D next year……#SameDraftClass

  12. cantonbound13 - Jul 28, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    He is one of the worst defensive point guards in the game. He couldn’t guard his own shadow.

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