Portland can offer $3.2 million to bring back Mo Williams, who proved to be a key part of the Trail Blazers' improved bench last season. Another team with interest in the veteran point guard is Dallas, which hopes he'll sign for the veteran's minimum. Why might Williams be willing to take less money to join the Mavs? Here's the latest on that.
From Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com, via Twitter:
"Mavs hope they can talk Mo Williams into taking minimum. Why would he do that? Lives in area and wants to be near wife and five sons."
Williams may end up waiting it out to see what the market bears, but after averaging 9.7 points and 4.3 assists as a reserve last season we have to believe it's unlikely the 31-year-old will accept the veteran's minimum. Time isn't on Williams' sign at this stage in his career, and he'll probably be looking for one last contract that lands him as much money as possible.
With backup point guard Greivis Vasquez commanding $13 million over two years from Toronto and Darren Collison getting $16 million over three years from Sacramento, Williams has to be thinking he's worth at least $3-5 million a year if not more.