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Mo Williams agrees to one-year deal to join Timberwolves

Jul 28, 2014, 5:39 PM EDT

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Mo Williams was a key contributor off the bench last season for a Blazers team that finished fifth in the league in offensive efficiency.

As an unrestricted free agent this summer, however, it became quickly clear that Portland didn’t value his services all that much.

From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Free-agent guard Mo Williams is agreed to a one-year, $3.75 million deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Williams, 31, averaged 9.7 points for the Portland Trail Blazers last season.

In addition to the points, Williams dished out 4.3 assists while playing 24.8 minutes per contests in 74 regular season appearances.

Williams could have remained in Portland for one additional season, but opted out of the final year of his deal in order to pursue a more lucrative contract as an unrestricted free agent.

Unfortunately, the market wasn’t in need of what Williams had to offer, and while he did receive a raise of over a million dollars for next season, he’ll be playing meaningless minutes for a lottery team now, instead of contributing to a playoff contender the way he did last year with the Blazers.

  1. 4thquartermagic - Jul 28, 2014 at 5:42 PM

    Battier’s face….

  2. dacapt704 - Jul 28, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    Why Mo? Why? Smh..

    • nykfanwakemeupin2015 - Jul 28, 2014 at 10:27 PM

      Are him and Lebron on Bad terms. I thought for sure they would team up in Cleveland

  3. timb12 - Jul 28, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    Kevin Love is going to stay now!

    • loubearkane - Jul 28, 2014 at 6:28 PM

      money grab should of stayed in Portland

  4. lbeezyse - Jul 28, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    Trade bait for around the deadline. I think that’s why Flip covets Thad Young.

  5. seasickcecil - Jul 28, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    They could trade for Larry Sanders but I couldn’t find any Curlys or Shemps.

  6. jazz11001 - Jul 28, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    That means that JJ Barrea is apart of the deal for Love. Thank god because he is terrible, absolutely terrible. When you are terrible on a terrible team you really stink.

    • ProBasketballPundit - Jul 29, 2014 at 1:13 PM

      I agree. JJ Barea is the worst. There aren’t many guys I actively hate in the NBA but he’s on my list.

  7. innovativethinking87 - Jul 28, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    Mo is an idiot. He could have opted in for pretty much the same salary and same amount of year on a contender. But instead he’ll go play in Minnesota with a depleted Wolves team..

    Real smart move lol

    • 6thsense10 - Jul 28, 2014 at 7:24 PM

      The article says that by signing this deal for $3.75 million he will make about $1 million more than if he had opt in with Portland. That’s 37% more money than if he had opt in. In what planet is 37% more of your salary “pretty much the same” as 37% less of your salary? Let’s see you take 37% less than what you make now and see if it’s “pretty much the same”. There’s an idiot here all right but it sure as heck ain’t Mo.

      • innovativethinking87 - Jul 28, 2014 at 8:23 PM

        It’s actually not 1 million more. With him opting in with his player option on portland he could have gotten 3.1 million. He ended up taking 3.7 with Minnesota. So it comes to about 600k or so in change more. Now that’s certainly more than his portland deal but Jesus Christ nobody wouldn’t take a 600k discount to play on a contender rather than a Kevin Love less depleted Wolves team?

        I’m sorry that’s a terrible decision

      • dluxxx - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:37 AM

        I think it’s probably a smart decision. He’ll get a chance to get some run with a bad team and be a creator. He’ll inflate his numbers for a season and go right back into free agency. Not a bad idea. Get a raise and get position for a better contract next year.

        Granted he’s betting on himself to do that, but at least it’s a plan. Sure, Portland is a contender, but are they really going to beat the Spurs, Clippers, etc? Get the money and run and hope you get a better deal next year.

  8. eugenesaxe1 - Jul 28, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    Portland valued him more than he got, MO just got greedy.

    • tcstunner - Jul 28, 2014 at 6:46 PM

      He’s making over a million more than the Blazers were offering. How is that “valuing him more than he got”, exactly?

      • eugenesaxe1 - Jul 28, 2014 at 6:56 PM

        No idea where your numbers came from, but that’s not how I hear it. And not like it matters, it’s still more than any of us make.

      • innovativethinking87 - Jul 28, 2014 at 6:59 PM

        umm how about playing on a contender? and for the record he got 650k more to play for minnesota. Why not take pretty much the same amount of money and year to play on a contender?

    • 6thsense10 - Jul 28, 2014 at 7:45 PM

      Mo signed a two year contract with a players option that would have paid him about $2.75 million this year if he had opted in. He opted out and Portland didn’t want to mach the $3.75 million offer another team offered him. That’s about $1 million more than Portland’s contract. What you call “greedy” is simply somebody wanting to get paid market value for his services. If you call that greedy than most of this country is greedy.

      • innovativethinking87 - Jul 28, 2014 at 8:33 PM

        That’s where your wrong. If he opted in he wouldn’t have gotten the same 2.75M. He would have gotten the eligible raise of 150 percent which comes to around 3.1M. Considering that fact it’s MN and their headed to lottery land Idk why a man whose made plenty In his career wouldn’t take the slight 600k or so discount. To return to play on a contender.

        What happened was Mo wanted to explore the market (Portland probably thought he wasn’t worth the wait) for the added security of more years. Around 3 years is what he said on record, nobody thought he was worth that and he struck out and took the plan B “oh snap I’m left with the wolves” option.

  9. 00maltliquor - Jul 28, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    Mo messed up big time!

  10. ybizzel - Jul 28, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    He’s stupid. He should’ve took that 2.7 from the Mavericks. Better chance of winning here

  11. kamauthabiti - Jul 28, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    how many guards does the wolves need-got to many already.

    • twinfan24 - Jul 28, 2014 at 10:36 PM

      Given that they are likely to try to unload contracts of Barea and/or Martin, who exactly are the too many guards? And, yes, it is “too”, not “to”.

  12. campcouch - Jul 28, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    Flip Saunders making power moves. Baffling. The offers made to the Wolves could’ve given them something to build on. Even a pared down package from Chicago, Cleveland or Golden State would give him something to work with. Now he’s dreaming of Thaddeus Young, Mo Williams and still believing he can get Wiggins/Bennett or Gibson/Butler. He should’ve taken one of those offers, rumored or true before rookie signings and Love’s alleged request. Mo Williams. Really. There are D-league guys who would be a better investment for a building team.

    • purple4life2 - Jul 28, 2014 at 8:26 PM

      They needed the rookie signings to make the money match. That’s the only reason the deal hasn’t gone done. NBA salary rules force teams to trade within 20% of the money going in and out. Know the rules man.

  13. csbanter - Jul 28, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    Remember D.Wade T-Mobile commercial get me outta here… Kevin Love is uttering the same phrase with this news.

    • twinfan24 - Jul 28, 2014 at 10:38 PM

      Really? This signing is what made Love want to leave? Guess he had a crystal ball and knew this was coming, since he said he wanted out a couple of months ago. But, I’m sure it was the Mo Williams signing that did him in.

  14. seasickcecil - Jul 28, 2014 at 11:36 PM

    How much cap space does your team have?

  15. seasickcecil - Jul 28, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    I posted a cap space link but it didn’t go through. Oh well.

  16. turkbox420 - Jul 29, 2014 at 12:44 AM

    Mo is better than the Spaniard kid.

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