The Portland Trail Blazers have made re-signing free agent point guard Mo Williams a high priority. Although cap space has been a limiting factor in their other free agency pursuits, Williams can be re-signed using the Non-Bird exception if he agrees to their proposal, which is unlikely to include the three more years Williams is seeking. The Non-Bird exception allows a team to re-sign their own free agent that has played only one year on the team for up to four years at 120 percent of their previous salary. Depending on interest around the league, this could be a good idea for both parties.
The Dallas Mavericks are the only team so far that has been reportedly pursuing Williams outside of Portland. However; their interest has probably played out. The Mavs reached an agreement with returning point guard Devin Harris for a 3-year/$9M deal earlier this afternoon. Since they acquired Raymond Felton from the New York Knicks in the Tyson Chandler trade last month, they are pretty well set at the point guard position.
With windows closing for Williams as quickly as they are for the Trail Blazers, there is a good chance that we will see him in a Trail Blazers jersey again this year. According to Williams’ agent, Mark Bartelstein, Williams’ camp is “still in constant communication with [general manager] Neil [Olshey] everyday” as they feel out all of their options.