Mo Williams returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers last year to complete what he called “Unfinished Business”. This week could prove to be his last as a member of the franchise.
The 33-year-old was a solid locker room presence and a willing understudy early in the season while Kyrie Irving worked his way back from injury. He performed admirably in his supporting role on the eventual 2016 championship squad.
But Cleveland.com is reporting that the 13-year veteran is strongly considering retirement from the league.
If waived by August 31, the former All-Star would earn $2.2 million stretched over three years rather than getting it in one shot this season. This move would lessen the luxury tax burden on the Cavs as they face a league-high $117.6 million payroll.
J.R. Smith still needs to re-join the defending champions or bring in a possible new addition. The veteran point guard’s retirement would help massage the hefty luxury tax payment the club is staring down.
A possible downside of his departure would be that the Cavs would be left with only one backup floor general on the roster, rookie Kay Felder. For a team with championship aspirations, going with a rookie as a backup behind Irving is a risky proposition.
Cleveland’s front office could find a possible trade partner to accept the guard’s contract and add to the roster at little cost. But, if this is the plan, the organisation is remaining mum on the details.
Knee issues are rumored to be the cause of the end of the second stint in the Rust Belt for Williams. If he chose to hang up his trainers, he’s had a better career than most could have projected for the undersized player out of Alabama.
He’s been an All-Star and an NBA Champion so it might be better to go out on top and enjoy his success.