Veteran role players such as Mo Williams tend to value job security which is why the 31-year-old will exercise his player option to bypass $2.7 million with the Portland Trail Blazers for the 2014-15 season. He wants a three-year deal instead.
What does this have to do with the Wizards? They have a handful of key players who fit Williams' mold. Trevor Ariza will be 29 in June and Marcin Gortat 30. Drew Gooden will be 33 in September. Al Harrington is 34.
All are unrestricted free agents and the chance to win and security likely will be key to keeping them around. The first part for the Wizards has been taken care off with their advancing to the second-round of this year's playoffs. The catch is how far down the line should the team commit to aging players. Some vets can go over the cliff quickly, particularly if there's an injury history which leads to their production deteriorating. And, of course, teams look ahead to free agency for the future and freeing up salary.
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“Absolutely more years,” Williams told CSNNW.com about what he wants. “They know that. For me right now, it’s all about years. I’m going into my 12th year so I would love to get a contract. In my opinion, this is my last one."
Williams averaged 9.7 points, 2.1 rebounds and 4.3 assists for Portland. Given he can play both backcourt spots and can be prone to scoring outbursts at any moment, he'll get offers.
And even though the Wizards have a team option on Andre Miller that they should pick up, a scorer such as Williams who can get his own shot wouldn't hurt either. The lack of shot creators contributed to their downfall in the East semifinals.