Pulse: Blazers summer league expectations
Even though Mo Williams is flirting with the Dallas Mavericks, the likelihood of the free agent point guard re-signing with the Portland Trail Blazers remains a distinct possibility
In light of what has taken place recently with the franchise, Williams is still on the team’s radar and vice versa, according to his agent.
“The doors aren’t closed with Portland,” Williams’ agent Mark Bartelstein told CSNNW.com. “We’re still in constant communication with [general manager] Neil [Olshey] everyday. We’re just weighing all of our options at this point. We’ll continue to talk with [owner] Paul Allen and Neil to see if something can be worked out. Mo loves it in Portland and they want him back. It’s still an option.”
Portland still needs a backup point guard and there’s only one roster spot available, unless a trade is made to alter that situation. To expound, with the addition of free agent center Chris Kaman, the Portland Trail Blazers currently have 14 guaranteed contracts on its roster, one player short of the league maximum.
If Will Barton is waived by the end of July, the team will not owe his 2014-15 salary. Though, the probability of the athletic combo guard being released is extremely diminutive.
The Trail Blazers can bring Williams back by using the non-bird exception. It is 120 percent of his previous salary or 120 percent of the NBA minimum, whichever happens to be greater.
With Jodie Meeks (three-years, $19 million deal with Detroit) and Darren Collison (full midlevel with Sacramento for three years) each securing huge deals, Williams is meticulously surveying the landscape for opportunities to land a bigger payday. So for now, that waiting game continues.
Dallas is a legitimate threat to snag the 31-year-old guard. He recently met with the team. Williams has said that the gist of his demands for his next contract is years, not salary. As the Trail Blazers’ leading scorer off the bench last year averaging a shade less than 10 points a game, Williams’ production will be surely missed if the team is unable to retain him.
We’ll see what happens from here, but Williams is still an option for the Trail Blazers.