Mo Williams is Still a Free Agent?

7/29/13 in NBA   |   AJ_88   |   166 respect

The closer we get to August, the talent level on the open market is usually at a minimum.  You may find a gem on a one-year minimum contract that might be a solid contributor to your team, but most likely won't be a consistent rotation player. 

Apr 15, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Utah Jazz point guard Mo Williams (5) shoots against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the fourth quarter at Target Center. The Jazz won 96-80. Mandatory Credit:  Greg Smith-USA TODAY SportsIt's shocking to find a guy of Mo Williams caliber still on the free agent market. Obviously, he is coming off a season where he collected north of $8 million in salary and that might be the main reason he remains unemployed, however his talent level is far superior to those still without a job. 

He was the starting point guard for the Cavaliers while LeBron still played there - and they won a franchise record 66 wins in his first season with the team. He also made the All-star team for the first time in his career. 

However, since LeBron left him for dead on a rebuilding Cleveland squad, he fell into depression which he didn't shy away from talking about. The Clippers traded for him at the deadline in 2011, sending baron Davis and what would soon become the #1 overall pick in Kyrie Irving. 

Williams played that half-season in LA as the starting point guard and went into the summer expecting to return in the same role - however, the Clippers then acquired Chris Paul and Williams was then relegated to backup duty at both guard positions. He was a valuable scorer off the bench, however, he made it known he wanted and deserved to be a starter in this league. 

He was shipped to Utah and immediately transitioned into the starter on a team trying desperately to become relevant for the first time since the Stockton-Malone era. He played in only 46 games, missing a lot of time due to various injuries while averaging only 30 minutes, 13 points and 6 assists. 

Utah has not expressed interest in re-signing Mo, and thus he has gone all summer without finding a job. As mentioned earlier, it has a lot to do with his financial demands. His ego can't handle taking that hit. But maybe he'd take the money for a shot to re-join LeBron in Miami. Although, with James' opt out clause kicking in next season, maybe Williams doesn't want to take that chance again?

It was reported by RealGM that he is set to meet with the Grizzlies tonight - who desperately need some punch off their bench, but would he truly accept a role behind Mike Conley? 
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