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(Tribune file photo) Mo Williams, Utah Jazz guard.
Jazz blog: Mo Williams to sign with Trail Blazers

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.

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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



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