The Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday added some more backcourt depth by signing former Utah Jazz point guard Mo Williams to a two-year contract worth $5.6 million with a player option for the second year, according to ESPN.com.
The 30-year-old was also strongly considering inking a deal with the Miami Heat or Memphis Grizzles, but neither team was offering as much as the Blazers. Williams was acquired by the Jazz last offseason in a four-team trade that also involved the Los Angeles Clippers, Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks.
Last season, as the Jazz starting point guard he averaged 12.9 points and 6.2 assists in 46 games played. His scoring output last year was his lowest average since the 2005-06 season when he was a member of the Milwaukee Bucks.
In his 10-year NBA career, he has played for the Clippers, Jazz, Bucks, Cleveland Cavaliers and now the Trail Blazers. Williams will provide leadership to his new team and be a mentor to Damian Lillard and this year’s NBA draft 10th overall selection C.J. McCollum.
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