The Los Angeles Clippers currently have five players who have started in the NBA at the point guard position which could potentially leave Mo Williams on the trading block.
With All-Stars Chris Paul and Chauncey Billups more than capable of playing the position at a high-level, plus Williams making $8.5 million this season and next, it would be a no-brainer for most to see what the Clippers could get in a trade. On the other hand, Williams is averaging 14.8 points, 3.8 assists and 1.22 steals per game in 27.3 minutes off the bench which makes him a very valuable member of the team.
Williams trained hard in the offseason and even scheduled workouts with Blake Griffin in anticipation of being the starting point guard. That was of course before the Clippers traded for Paul. Clippers general manager Neil Olshey asked Williams out to lunch before the start of the season to make sure everybody was on the same page.
“When we went out I anticipated him saying, ‘This isn’t what I signed up, I want you to trade me’ and it was the complete opposite,” Olshey said. “He was like, ‘I like it here, I love the organization, please don’t send me to a bad situation.’ And I told him, ‘I give you my word, I’m not making any proactive phone calls about you. If I receive phone calls about you and it’s something where I think we can come away with a fair deal, I will come to you and say, ‘What do you think of this situation?’”
Williams may be in a different position than he anticipated before the Paul trade but that does not necessarily mean he is unhappy.
“I don’t like to lose. I’m miserable on a losing team,” Williams said. “I’m not going to be productive on a losing team. That’s just me. I don’t have any motivation to play for a losing team at all.”
Williams will remain a Clipper for now but that does not mean he will not be traded if the right deal comes along. With the way he is playing there are plenty of teams that could use him to make a run at the postseason. Los Angeles will have until the March 15th trade deadline to decide what they are going to do.