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Mo Williams agrees Portland move

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Veteran point guard Mo Williams has agreed a two-year deal with the Portland Trailblazers, according to the player's agent. 

Williams, 30, who was selected by the Utah Jazz with the 47th pick of the 2003 NBA draft, became an unrestricted free agent this summer after leaving the Jazz, whom he rejoined in June 2012.

After averaging 12.9 points and 6.2 assists in a starting role last season, the University of Alabama product had voiced an interest in remaining in Salt Lake City. 

However, he was not offered a new contract with the Jazz looking to move forward with the emphasis on a talented crop of young talent that included former Butler favourite Gordon Hayward and 2013 first-round draft pick Trey Burke.

Williams' arrival at the Rose Garden ensures head coach Terry Stotts has plenty of backcourt options to choose from heading into the new season. 

In addition to 2013 rookie of the year Damien Lillard, the Blazers added Earl Watson, drafted Lehigh University point guard C.J. McCollum and traded for first-year shooting guard Allen Crabbe. 

Greater strength in depth will see Portland fans hopeful of improving upon a 2012-13 season that saw them miss out on the postseason after a 33-49 record was only good enough for an 11th placed finish in a hugely competitive Western Conference. 

A lack of quality coming off the bench was often cited as one of the key reasons for the Blazers' disappointing campaign but a number of solid off-season additions should help solve that problem. 

 

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