After a decent amount of speculation as to where Mo Williams might land, the free agent guard has agreed to a two-year deal with the Portland Trail Blazers. The deal reportedly includes a player option for the second year.
Williams will join a Blazers’ team that finished 33-49 in the Western Conference and missed the playoffs by 12 games a season ago. Williams on the other hand, played last season in Utah and missed out on the playoffs by just two games.
2013-14 will mark the point guard’s 11th year in the NBA and the Blazers are his fifth different team. Over his career he’s averaged 13.8 points and 5.0 assists per game while making the All-Star game once. It’s safe to say that Williams has been a good player, but not a great player so far in his career. At 30-years of age, that trend is likely to continue in Portland.
While this is a solid acquisition for the Trail Blazers, it’s not a move that puts them in drastically better shape. Sure, you could make an argument that the addition of Williams puts the Blazers in a position to get back into the playoffs in 2014. But he’s not a player that’s going a make a huge difference in the scheme of things.
The Western Conference is going to be loaded next season. The addition of a 30-year old PG does not make the Blazers a better team than any of the teams that made the postseason in 2013.