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Mo Williams wants to start if he returns to Jazz

After the Jazz selected Trey Burke in the draft, the team's former starter wants to make sure his role is secure if he returns next season.


Free agent point guard Mo Williams would like to return to the Utah Jazz, but he wants to make sure he does it as a starter, according to a report from Yahoo! Sports.

Williams is making his demands known after the Jazz moved up in the draft to acquire Michigan point guard Trey Burke with the No. 9 overall pick. Burke averaged over 18 points per game while leading Michigan to the NCAA championship game and he arrives in Utah looking for a role in the starting lineup, as well.

More on Trey Burke and the Jazz at: SLC Dunk.

The Jazz have several big free agent decisions to make with Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap among the players joining Williams on that list. Regardless of which direction the team takes this offseason, they need another point guard. With Williams, they would have a veteran presence to allow Burke to earn his way into a bigger role in the league.

Jamaal Tinsley finished last season backing up Williams but he is also a free agent. If the Jazz want to let Burke take the starting job from day one, Tinsley could serve as a less expensive veteran presence off the bench.

Williams averaged 13 points and six assists last season, but only played in 46 games while dealing with a thumb injury in the middle of the season.

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