Mo Williams signed a two-year, $5.4 million deal with the Portland Trail Blazers, turning down other starting opportunities for a chance to play with a team "on the rise," the veteran point guard told media during his introductory press conference with the Blazers:
"I just want to win," Williams said Thursday. "I had opportunities to go start ... but I felt like this organization is on the rise. I felt like I'm in a position in my career where I still can be a major piece of a puzzle to a team."
Williams missed much of his 2012-2013 season with the Utah Jazz because of a thumb injury. He started in all 46 games he was available for the Jazz, averaging 12.9 points and 6.2 assists per game.
Williams is expected to play behind the NBA's 2013 Rookie of the Year, Damian Lillard. The Blazers also drafted combo guard C.J. McCollum with the 10th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. The 10-year veteran expects to serve the team in a sixth man role.
Along with McCollum, the Blazers also signed Earl Watson to add depth to their backcourt rotation. Watson was Williams' teammate with the Jazz last season.
The Blazers restocked their roster this season and were not only able to draw Williams to be a bench presence, but also made All-Star big man LaMarcus Aldridge happy in the process.