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Mo Williams says he’ll return to Cavaliers, retire after season


CLEVELAND, OH - MARCH 31: Mo Williams #52 of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrates after hitting a three point shot during the second half against the Brooklyn Nets at Quicken Loans Arena on March 31, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavaliers defeated the Nets 107-87. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***Mo Williams

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Mo Williams opted into the final year of his contract and then reportedly considered retirement without telling the Cavaliers about his intentions.

It seems he just revealed them.


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Williams will provide the Cavs with a veteran option behind Kyrie Irving at point guard. This way, they won’t be stuck with relying on rookie Kay Felder if the No. 54 pick isn’t ready to join a contender’s rotation.

Unfortunately for Cleveland, Williams might not provide steady production himself. The 33-year-old couldn’t sustain his early success last season after multiple injures.

Williams is due $2,194,500 this season. I don’t think this is the case, but if he is trying to extract a buyout from the Cavaliers by threatening to grind through the year rather than preemptively retiring (which would take his salary off the books), this could be a step. They need to believe he’d play to pay him a partial salary in a buyout. Again, I take Williams at his word about playing another season. It’s just hard to square his reported lack of communication with the team prior.

And though I believe Williams intends to retire after the season, next June is a long way off. He wouldn’t have to look far to find someone who changed his mind about retirement.