Utah Jazz unrestricted free agent Mo Williams has reached a two-year, $5.6 million deal with the Portland Trail Blazers, according to tweets Wednesday afternoon from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. The deal, made possible by the Blazers' mid-level exception, includes a player option for the second season.
Williams, a second-round draft pick by the Jazz in 2003 who became an All-Star in 2009, appeared in 46 games last season for Utah after missing two months because of thumb surgery, and averaged 12.9 points and 6.2 assists in 30 minutes per game. He will figure into a backcourt that features last year's Rookie of the Year Damian Lillard, Wesley Matthews and C.J. McCollum, who was selected No. 10 overall by the Blazers in this years draft. The deal with Williams adds to an offseason of roster moves for the Blazers which included the addition of big man Robin Lopez and forwards Dorrell Wright and Thomas Robinson, the No. 5 overall pick in the 2012 draft.
The 30-year old Williams had his best year statistically in the 2007-08 season for the Milwaukee Bucks when he averaged 17.2 points, 6.3 assists and 3.5 rebounds in 66 games. The Blazers marks his fifth NBA team over the course of his career that saw perhaps his best years playing alongside LeBron James for the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2008-2011. In a deadline deal in 2011, Williams was traded with forward Jamario Moon to the Los Angeles Clippers for Baron Davis and a first-round pick, which ended up being used by the Cavs to select Kyrie Irving with the first pick in the 2011 draft.