NBA free-agent watch: Mo Williams

NBA free-agent watch: Mo Williams
June 27, 2014, 2:15 pm
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Depth at guard has been an issue for the Wizards for the last two seasons, and they’ll have to make a decision on what to do with Andre Miller who can be bought out for almost half of the $4.6 million that he’s due for 2014-15. If that were to happen, and with Tomas Satoransky staying overseas that's unlikely, it really would create a hole in the backcourt behind John Wall.

The Wizards can use some instant offense off the bench and need a backup, ideally with experience as a starter, who is OK with staying in that role.

Free agent: PG/SG Mo Williams, Portland Trail Blazers. Player option. 

2013-14 salary: $2.65 million.

Vitals: 6-1, 185 pounds. 31 years old. 

Career averages: 13.3 points, 4.9 assists, 43.8% FG, 38.5% 3FG. Last season: 9.7 points, 4.3 assists, 41.7% FG, 36.9% 3FG. 

The fit: Williams is undersized but can get buckets, something the Wizards could use more of behind Wall and Bradley Beal. He has been successful in jammed backcourts with the L.A. Clippers (Chris Paul, Chauncey Billups and Eric Bledsoe) and in Portland (Damian Lillard and Wes Matthews) and would find a way to work with Wall and Beal. He can play on or off the ball, create off the dribble to give the Wizards a much-needed additional ball-handler and be relied on in the clutch to score. 

Chances of becoming a Wizard: Less than average. Portland wants to keep him. Here, there might not be enough minutes with Miller around. Of course, a Miller-Williams backcourt in relief of the starters could be an interesting one. Williams has long made it clear that he's opting out of the final year of his deal in Portland to become an unrestricted free agent. He wants more security, two or three years, realizing this likely will be his last contract, and still would come relatively cheap. The Wizards want veterans. 

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