Williams reiterates he's opting out, wants three-year deal

Williams reiterates he's opting out, wants three-year deal
May 16, 2014, 12:00 pm
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Mo Williams discusses contract, goals

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TUALATIN, Ore. – Portland Trail Blazers guard Mo Williams reiterated Friday during exit interviews that he will opt out of the second year of his deal to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Williams informed CSNNW.com of this decision back in January.

Williams, 31, signed a two-year, $5.6 million deal with Portland last offseason and it contains a player option for the 2014-15 season that would have paid him $2.7 million.

He’s seeking a three-year deal for security purposes.

“Absolutely more years,” he said. “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."

The Trail Blazers’ super reserve averaged 9.7 points, 2.1 rebounds and 4.3 assists this season. He missed the final three postseason games due to a nagging groin injury. His production was severely missed.

At this stage in his career, obtaining that final multi-year contract is his main concern.

“This is my last time to get a three-year deal,” he said. “I got three good years left in me and I just want to play it comfortably knowing that I got a home and can create friendships for life. That’s my only goal.”

He did say he hoped to be back.

"Hopefully the brasses up top come together and I’m here for a long time,” he said.