Jan 9, 2014, 11:08 AM EST
It’s not that Mo Williams wants to leave Portland, it’s that he wants to get paid.
Williams signed this summer in Portland on a two-year, $5.4 million contract (the full cap-room mid-level exception) with the second year as a player option.
He confirmed to Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com what we all expected — Williams will opt out this summer. But that doesn’t mean he wants out of Portland.
“I would like to be here long term,” Williams revealed to CSNNW.com. “My goal is to work something out with Portland this summer. I like it here and I want to make this place home….
“With our team, we have a makeup of individuals that do something really, really good and when we mesh together, it’s like gumbo,” he explained. “That’s the best example I can give you of our team. Some teams have a dish where you got your steak, potatoes and asparagus. We’re gumbo. Without one of the ingredients, the gumbo just doesn’t taste well. But when everything is in that pot, it’s just like grandma did it.”
Williams comes off the bench behind Damian Lillard but plays almost 25 minutes a night, giving the Blazers 9.4 points, some good three point shooting, 4.9 assists a night and some aggressive play every night. He’s solid, a quality backup point that the Trail Blazers would love to keep.
But at the right price. Williams wants a longer deal so the 31 year old can get some paydays before his career winds down. If Williams really wants to get paid he may have to go to a team where he is part of the steak and asparagus dinner.
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