After an agonizing 24 hours of will he/won’t he banter, word is Mo Williams will don a Jazz jersey once more.
The proposed three way between the Clippers, Dallas and Utah kicked off Thursday and was more or less made official this afternoon. All that is left to do is finalize the paperwork, which, according to sources of very important people, will happen sometime tomorrow.
The trade will send Lamar Odom to the Clippers after an agonizing season with Dallas. The Mavs will, in return, receive the trade exception Utah acquired last season (after they dumped Okur), which gives them some heft in the whole D-Will thing.
I’m ecstatic about this move. Mo Williams’ presence immediately boosts our back court, and gives Utah a legit 3-point option. Plus it takes some pressure off of Devin Harris who no longer had to shoulder the entire team.
Of course the big question now is: which PG do we let go? I keep reading conflicting sources regarding Jamaal Tinsley – one source says Utah picked up his rights, while another says contrary. Should Utah pick up Tinsley’s option, suddenly their PG position becomes as log jammed as their center/power forward position.
Then again, Williams could start a shooting guard, where he’ll share the position with Raja Bell and Alec Burks. Harris could still start as PG, with Watson and Tinsley as backup. But that means Milsap will see fewer minutes as a small forward, thus negating his playing time. Either way, one of these areas has to budge (for the record: I expect the Jazz to trade Bell and Jefferson/Milsap before the start of the season … it just makes sense).
Still, I’m liking a starting lineup consisting of (assuming this is our final roster) Harris, Williams, Howard, Milsap, and (possibly) Jefferson. Our bench would therefor consist of: Watson, Burks, Gordy, Kanter, and Favors. Not too shabby. Plus we got that Kevin Murphy kid in the draft, and are extending offers to surprise sensation DeMarre Carroll and Jeremy Evans.
Hopefully this is just the start of some awesome off season moves. (On a side note: imagine if we got AK back at a discounted rate … Can you say nearly unstoppable?)
UPDATE: The Jazz have officially brought Tinsley back. What does that mean for Watson?