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Jazz blog: Mo Williams to sign with Trail Blazers

Published August 7, 2013 2:00 pm

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

Former Jazz point guard Mo Williams will sign a contract with the Portland Trail Blazers worth $5.6 million over two years, with a player option the second year, according to multiple reports.

Williams, 30, was drafted No. 47 overall by the Jazz in 2003 and later went on to be an All-Star with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He returned to the Jazz last season via a trade with the Clippers and averaged 12.9 points and 6.2 assists per game. However, he missed 32 games with a torn ligament in his right thumb, and 36 overall.

If a Jazz point guard signing with Portland sounds familiar, it's because Williams becomes the fourth one to be acquired by the Trail Blazers in less than a year. Last season, Portland signed Ronnie Price, then acquired Eric Maynor at the trade deadline. Earlier this summer, they signed Earl Watson to a one-year, $1.4 million deal.

The Blazers also signed Wesley Matthews as a restricted free agent in 2010, one year after making a play for Paul Millsap with a "toxic" offer sheet that the Jazz ultimately matched.

— Bill Oram