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Mo Williams implies he preferred to sign with Trail Blazers rather than Timberwolves

Aug 1, 2014, 7:35 PM EDT

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Mo Williams brought credibility to the Trail Blazers’ bench last season, a historically horrible outfit the year before.

More importantly, Williams bonded with franchise player Damian Lillard. It reached the point Lillard listed Williams first among his desired free agent targets.

It really seemed Portland would re-sign Williams this summer.

Instead, the Trail Blazers used the mid-level exception – their primary means for paying Williams – on Chris Kaman and added Steve Blake to fill Williams’ role in the rotation. Then, Williams signed with the Timberwolves

From the outside, it was a chicken-or-egg scenario. Did the Trail Blazers sign Kaman and Blake because they saw that pairing as an upgrade over Williams? Or did they sign those two because they knew they were going to lose Williams anyway?

Williams shares his version of events:

Lillard didn’t seem fond of how it went down:

I’m sure Lillard wishes Williams, his friend, were still part of the team. But if Kaman and Blake help the Trail Blazers win, Lillard will get over it. He can see Williams a few times per season and in the summer.

That’s how the business works.

But if Williams thrives in Minnesota while Kaman and Blake flop, the Trail Blazers might have aggravated their biggest star the summer before he’s eligible to sign an extension. Throw him a max offer, and he’d get over it. But if you try to haggle, little incidents like this could come up.

That’s also how the business works.

  1. rajbais - Aug 1, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    Maybe he’ll
    Go back to Cleveland in a trade. He can be traded after December.

  2. jamesinva - Aug 1, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    I can see Mo ending up in Cleveland eventually and a story about Mo hating Lebron’s departure with a turn of them reuniting is possible. I dont care much for Mo not returning as a Blazer. As a huge Blazers fan, I prefer him gone. The guy is way too streaky, defense is definitely questionable (I know, Blake is the same) and his TO’s seemed high. Cringed everytime he would be subbed in and things would go bad. That has to do with Portland’s 2nd unit being awful…same thing happened when Crawford was a Blazer.

    All in all, the singing of Kaman and Blake isnt big in any way…just serviceable veterans who may or may not contribute that much. It really would be nice if Portland made a trade to land Greg Monroe but we dont have enough. Not to mention, if Lopez stayed, Monroe would be an overpaid player coming in to play 20-25 min max per game which isnt enough………..looking forward to this season though. Anyways gluck and goodbye Mo!

    Or in other words, since the editing is awful on this site, for all you frequent readers, I guess it would make sense for you all to understand when I say “Mo Williams Timberwolves good luck basketball journey maybe trade to Cavs having you Portland Trail Blazers good luck Damian Lillard close friends gone now.”

  3. garypagetwo - Aug 1, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    Mo . come back to Milwaukee

  4. csbanter - Aug 1, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    how is he talking shhh when the Twolves overpaid for his one dimensional game.

  5. innovativethinking87 - Aug 1, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    Told ya

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