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Mo Williams says he could have started elsewhere, wanted to win in Portland

Aug 8, 2013, 8:53 PM EDT

Mo Williams AP

Mo Williams had some options, there were a number of teams that had interest in him — at Summer League you heard teams surprised he was available. The Miami Heat were among the teams that wanted him.

Williams wanted a chance to win plus more than just the league minimum salary.

He got it in Portland and jumped at it, he said at his introductory press conference, via Blazers Blog at the Oregonian on twitter.

No doubt winning mattered, but the extra million plus dollars over the minimum probably didn’t hurt, either.

Williams is going to be the sixth man in Portland, something he said at the press conference he was comfortable with. Last season Williams averaged 12.9 points and 6.2 assists a game last season, plus he shot 38 percent from three.

People should be careful sleeping on Portland. Last season they had a nice starting five led by LaMarcus Aldridge, Damian Lillard and Nicolas Batum, but things fell off the map when the bench entered. This season they will bring in Williams, Thomas Robinson, C.J. McCollum and Dorell Wright. They will hold their own.

And Williams is going to be a big part of that.

  1. elwaysagenius - Aug 8, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    Win what?

    • shanelsweet - Aug 8, 2013 at 9:11 PM

      Win games.

  2. duval24 - Aug 8, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    whatever team Williams woulda started for woulda suck n him choosing Portland ain’t go change nthn. they still go suck

  3. dondada10 - Aug 8, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    There were exactly no teams that wanted him to start. And if the Heat wanted him, and he claims he wants to win, why wouldn’t he sign with the 2 time defending champs?

    That answer is that Portland told him he was going to be 6th man and Miami told him he was gonna battle Norris Cole and Mario Chalmers for minutes.

    Get over yourself, Mo Williams.

  4. beaver15 - Aug 8, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    Yeah, just a chance to win…at the bank. If you could get a little more bling, by doing less, & no one else is giving as much as far as an offer is concerned,you take it. The PR talk of wanting to win is laughable. They may be a 5th Place team in Western Conference, but David Stern/NBA execs know who fans want to see in The Finals, & it’s not Portland. They could be great ATS at least

  5. dirtydavis - Aug 8, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    Right :/

  6. 00maltliquor - Aug 9, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    I call BS on Mo Williams.

  7. adamsjohn714 - Aug 9, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    Enjoy trying to win something meaningful with that roster. You might miss Hickson a little bit. He was pretty awesome last year.

  8. 2016olympics - Aug 9, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    If Mo really wanted to win he needed to go to GS at the vet minimum and play the Jarrett Jack role.

  9. acdc84 - Aug 9, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    Props to JR! Its sooo refreshing to hear that an X-factor like him agreed to play for less money for a contender that….. Oh wait, Portland isn’t a contender and JR took the richest contract available; nothing wrong with taking the most money on the table JR but please dont make a fool of us knowledgeable fans that realize u took the highest offer u had!

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