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Report: Mo Williams opts out of Portland contract, becomes free agent

Jun 24, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

It kind of depends on how you looked at last season for Mo Williams.

On one hand he not have a great year by his standards — his 9.7 points a game was the fewest he has scored on average since his rookie season, and his true shooting percentage of 50.7 was the lowest in a few years. On the other head, he provided a more reliable bench presence than they had seen in years. In the playoffs, he was slowed by a groin injury and shot just 37.3 percent.

Williams believes that was enough to get him a raise for next season — he will test the free agent waters after opting out of the $2.7 million on his contract for next season, his agent Mark Bartelstein told Jeff Goodman of ESPN.

Williams, 31, will have suitors, however the Blazers would like to keep him.

He likely will not get much of a raise but he could get the security of multiple years. He won’t be the first free agent domino to fall but there will be a market for his services and a little competition.

  1. goraidersgospurs - Jun 24, 2014 at 8:21 AM

    Mo was $#! T on NBA Live 10 non stop 3s!!!

    • bhunter1995 - Jun 24, 2014 at 11:15 AM

      Mo Williams on 2k13 was unstoppable. His stepback from mid range was cash basically every time and he rained them threes.

  2. loubearkane - Jun 24, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    This makes sense.
    Channing Frye opting out of a $6.8M option does not.

  3. saint1997 - Jun 24, 2014 at 8:40 AM

    Blazers starting 5 really could be something chip-worthy, especially if Batum develops into the Pippen mould he could be (he’s more Pippen than Kawhi). But they gotta keep that bench looking strong. Meyers Leonard can develop but other than that PTB needs to payyyy their FAs

    • innovativethinking87 - Jun 24, 2014 at 10:36 AM

      Portland is set up nicely with their young guys. Lillard and Aldridge then you have Batum? Man that’s a nice little squad right there. Watch out for them…

      • jimsjam33 - Jun 24, 2014 at 11:42 AM

        Portland does have a nice front line , but they can’t play 48 minutes a game . The Blazers have no bench . Thats why the early exit from the playoffs .

  4. chicagosports2014 - Jun 24, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    Come on home Mo!

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