In what was expected to be a fairly low-key Wednesday afternoon, the Blazers surprised the Twitter-verse by signing free agent point guard Mo Williams. Williams was one of the top free agents remaining on the market, if not the top free agent. Both the Memphis Grizzlies and Miami Heat were heavily pursuing him, but he chose to come to Portland.
The contract is a fairly standard one. It is two years, $5.4 million contract, with a player option on the second year. The contract should come as a surprise to no one, as player options are increasingly becoming more and more prevalent in deals.
In his 10 seasons with the Utah Jazz, Milwaukee Bucks, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Los Angeles Clippers, he has held career averages of 13.8 points, 2.9 rebounds, 5 assists, and a steal. He was an All Star in 2009, and last season, he averaged 12.9 points and 6.2 assists, shot 43% from the field, and shot 38% from three-point land. He did all of that in 46 starts for the Jazz last season. He did, however, miss a large part of the season after undergoing surgery on his thumb.
Williams will wear #7 for the Blazers, which does bring some controversy. As most Blazer fans should remember, the last player who wore #7 for Portland had a few glorious years here.
Most of the fan base on Twitter and Facebook are split. Some are fine with Williams wearing Roy’s number, but others argue that Roy and his jersey should be hung in the rafters of the Rose Garden. I have to agree with hanging Roy’s jersey in the rafters. He did so much for the team. He brought the franchise out of one of the worst eras we’ve endured with the Jail Blazers and he ended a Playoff drought for the team. I just can’t imagine not having his jersey in the rafters.
To wrap it all up, I like the signing, although it shocked everybody, but I don’t like that the franchise let Williams choose #7 for his jersey.
How do you guys feel about the signing? Do you guys think it was right to let Williams wear #7? Let me know in the comments.
Until next time,