According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Dallas Mavericks are closing in on a deal with former Orlando Magic point guard, Jameer Nelson. They will use their $2.7M cap exception that had been speculatively saved for Mo Williams. If they go through with this deal, Williams will be out of the free agency running to play in Dallas.
Barring an unforseen snag, Mavs on course to land Jameer Nelson to fortify their backcourt on a deal via Dallas’ $2.7 million room exception
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 23, 2014
No other team besides the Portland Trail Blazers has publicly expressed interest in Williams, so this soon-to-be signing creates massive uncertainty for Williams’ future. It also creates a great deal of leverage on the Trail Blazers’ part if they wish to bring him back, which is still a possibility with the proper shuffling.
Williams may be forced to accept fewer than his desired three years in his next contract if it means playing for a desirable team. With Dallas about to be off the table, the Trail Blazers become his de facto favorite. The Trail Blazers and Mo Williams held mutual interest through much of free agency, prior to the Steve Blake signing.
Williams’ destination is absolutely still a question mark. Just because he likes the Trail Blazers and they like him does not mean he is a shoo-in to re-sign. Reasonable options tend to arise for veterans like Williams. The situation in Dallas just creates an advantage for Portland if they elect to walk the Williams path once again.