2013 NBA Free Agency: Portland Trail Blazers Signing Mo Williams is Confusing
Many people were rightfully singing the praises of the Portland Trail Blazers and the work that they have done over the 2013 NBA off-season. After having one of the worst benches in the league last year, they drafted two solid players in C.J. McCollum and Allen Crabbe and also added two solid players in Robin Lopez and Dorell Wright.
However, it feels like the Blazers may have gotten greedy this summer with their latest room. On Wednesday afternoon Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported that the Blazers had agreed to a two-year deal with free-agent point guard Mo Williams.
Though Williams missed nearly half of last season because of injuries, he was a solid guard for the Utah Jazz. In 46 games he averaged 12.9 points, 6.2 assists, 2.4 rebounds and one steal in 30.8 minutes per game while shooting 43 percent from the field and a solid 38.3 percent from three.
Based on a pure talent perspective, the Williams signing is a solid one. Sure, Williams is 30 years old, but he’s also a proven scoring guard in this league and deserves to be a part on an NBA rotation. However, it’s when you look at how he fits with the Blazers that it becomes a bit of a perplexing move.
With McCollum and reigning Rookie of the Year, Damian Lillard, already in Portland, the Blazers already have two offensive-minded guards that’s will eat up a large amount of shot attempts. Williams is another guard whose style of play is somewhat redundant of Lillard and McCollum’s.
If the Blazers are planning to move McCollum to the shooting guard and possibly trade Wesley Matthews, the Williams signing makes more sense. As everything stands right now, though, the Williams signing doesn’t really seem to be a good fit for this Portland team.