It may not be a big name free agent. It may not be the signing of the summer. However, this free agent signing was one that caught a lot of people, including myself, completely off guard.
It has been reported via Twitter by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports that unrestricted free agent guard and ex-Jazzman, Mo Williams, has reached an agreement to sign with the Portland Trailblazers.
Portland has reached agreement with free agent guard Mo Williams, source tells Y!
Williams deal will pay him $5.6 million over two years, with player option for second season.
The reason that some of this might raise some eyebrows, especially in Utah, is because not long ago it was reported by Yahoo! Sports that Mo did not want to return to the Jazz if his position would be to be a back up to rookie Trey Burke. Mo’s agent released a statement later denying those remarks.
Another reason this signing shocked people is because Portland never was reported to be in the discussion. Mo was reportedly had interest from the Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, and Dallas Mavericks. The Blazers never were mentioned.
So how does Mo fit into the system? He could fit really well actually. Portland could be looking to use Mo like he was used in his time with the L.A. Clippers. He played as a combo guard off the bench that could play both the point guard and shooting guard.
Mo is the type of player who could play well alongside Damian Lillard, Wesley Matthews, and C.J. McCollum. Mo is also joining fellow ex-Jazzman Earl Watson.
Portland has added much needed depth off the bench this off season and it could very well pay off. With a solid starting five, and now a quality bench, Portland should make the playoffs and could make it past at least the first round. The Jazz could have their hands full with the Blazers this season.