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Report: Portland reaches deal to bring in Mo Williams

Aug 7, 2013, 2:42 PM EDT

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Damian Lillard to start then Mo Williams off the bench? That’s a pretty good combination.

That’s what Portland has now — the Blazers have reached a two-year $5.6 million deal with Williams, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. The second year is a player option.

This is a great get for Portland, they now have a lot of flexibility with their backcourt.

It was a surprise to a number of people around the league that Williams was still on the board — he’s a solid, quality point guard who averaged 12.9 points and 6.2 assists a game last season, plus he shot 38 percent from three. Bringing him off the bench behind the Rookie of the Year Lillard is going to boost the second unit (and you can likely play Lillard and Williams together if you want to go small).

Last season Portland had a good starting five but a real lack of depth did them in (especially when there were injuries). This summer they have remedied that with the additions of Williams, Thomas Robinson, C.J. McCollum and Dorell Wright. Portland may have flown under the radar this summer, but they have done some great work building a roster.

The West is deep and a number of teams — the Lakers, Mavericks, Pelicans, and Timberwolves are all going to be in the mix for just a couple of playoff spots at the bottom of the West (Denver could be in that mix, depending how far you think they step back). Portland is certainly a team that could get the 7 or 8 seed as well.

  1. antistratfordian - Aug 7, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    “This summer they have remedied that with the additions of Williams, Thomas Robinson, Ray McCollum and Dorell Wright.”

    That is not much of a remedy.

  2. rtwoj - Aug 7, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    Oh.. Um… haha. Funny. I’m pretty sure you meant to say “Report: Portland reaches deal to bring in JOHN LEGEND”

  3. awolfgang - Aug 7, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    C.J. McCollum, not Ray McCollum

  4. soundsofsuccess7 - Aug 7, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Pretty good contract. I like it, good move.

  5. mintberrycrunch1 - Aug 7, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    It’s CJ McCollum…Ray McCallum is on the Kings.

  6. hannsta - Aug 7, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    Very nice. Our bench from last year is now our third unit. Expect a much better BLAZERS! (If you deserve respect you deserve caps lock, right?).

  7. 00maltliquor - Aug 7, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    POR’s offseason hasn’t flown under the radar to ME! They’ve made some damn good moves. Playoffs are almost a definate, barring major injuries. Add Robin Lopez to your list too. Seems like they flown under YOUR radar.

  8. bifford - Aug 7, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    Portland loves them some combo guards!

    I don’t love the signing, because McCollum looks ready to ball.

    • uncledrew22 - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:08 PM

      I don’t understand this move by Williams. He claims he’s a starting PG, but he clearly won’t start with Lilliard around, and McCollum even though a rookie, looks like a player. Not to mention Earl Watson is on the roster as well.

      • hannsta - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:28 PM

        Earl was brought in as a mentor and personality leader more than player, and judging by his interview that is what he expects too. CJ looks like he needs a lot of work before he can handle the pressure of PG, so he will still be getting good minutes but instead at the 2 where his game is more suited to be atm. This shouldnt hurt anyone’s development except for Crabbe and Barton, who honestly wouldnt see playing time on any serious team. They will probably be in the D-league this year while CJ gets about 15 min a game, which should be enough for him to learn the ropes but not be a drag on the blazers offense who want to make the playoffs this year.

  9. unfly - Aug 7, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    Dame Lillard
    LaMarcus Aldridge
    Nic Batum
    Meyers Leonard (emerging)
    now….
    Robin Lopez
    Thomas Robinson
    Allen Crabbe
    CJ McCollum
    Mo Williams
    Dorell Wright

    this team is potentially 10 players deep albeit with a couple of question marks in Crabbe, Leonard, McCollum, and TRob. Definitely a League Pass team for me.

  10. saint1997 - Aug 7, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Not much room now for guys like Barton and Crabbe to flourish

  11. ptownbearsfan420 - Aug 8, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    Epic pick up. 8th seed was still a shot in the dark, now we should be at least in the 6th or 7th seed come playoff time. The dream is alive!

    #RIPCITY

  12. abchome - Aug 8, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Very nice pick up at the price!

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