Is Mo Williams going to go out on top? The Cleveland Cavaliers’ backup point guard played a role both on the court and in the locker room in helping his team win their first championship in franchise history. LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and company had the greatest comeback in NBA Finals history by erasing a 3-1 series deficit with three straight wins over the Golden State Warriors, including wins in Oakland in Game 5 and Game 7. And that may be enough for the 33-year old Williams.
Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com is reporting Williams is “strongly considering retirement” and with the stretch provision deadline approaching on Wednesday, the Cavs could waive him with the stretch provision and spread the $2.2 million he’s owed for next season out over three seasons. That would help lessen the luxury tax penalty for the Cavs, who are already over the threshold and still have J.R. Smith to re-sign.
Mo Williams could be in his last week as a member of the Cavaliers.
Williams, 33, a 13-year veteran and former All-Star who played a supporting role in the Cavs’ 2016 NBA championship, is strongly considering retirement, multiple sources told cleveland.com.
Additionally, the “stretch” deadline in the NBA is approaching, which means that if a player is waived by Aug. 31 (Wednesday), the team can spread his salary out over a period of years — which could lessen the luxury tax penalty Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert will have to pay next summer.
The Cavs already have a backup point guard option in second-round pick Kay Felder. The small point guard out of Oakland University was one of the best scorers in college basketball last season and was the top assist man in the country. The Cavs could use a veteran option at the backup point guard spot after Matthew Dellavedova was allowed to go to Milwaukee in restricted free agency, but the Cavs should also have enough firepower to allow Felder a crack at backup point guard without it being too much of a risk.
For Williams, 13 years in the NBA is probably enough after finally becoming a champion this past season. During those 13 years, Williams played for seven different franchises, including the Utah Jazz (twice), Milwaukee Bucks, Cleveland Cavaliers (twice), Los Angeles Clippers, Portland Trail Blazers, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Charlotte Hornets. He topped out from 2006-09 by averaging over 17 points in three straight seasons. In the 2008-09 season, Williams was named an All-Star in the East.
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