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Report: Mo Williams opts out of Portland contract, becomes free agent

Bucks Trail Blazers Basketball

Portland Trail Blazers guard Mo Williams (25) passes the ball around Milwaukee Bucks center John Henson (31) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, March 18, 2014. The Blazers won the game 120-115 in overtime. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)

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It kind of depends on how you looked at last season for Mo Williams.

On one hand he not have a great year by his standards — his 9.7 points a game was the fewest he has scored on average since his rookie season, and his true shooting percentage of 50.7 was the lowest in a few years. On the other head, he provided a more reliable bench presence than they had seen in years. In the playoffs, he was slowed by a groin injury and shot just 37.3 percent.

Williams believes that was enough to get him a raise for next season — he will test the free agent waters after opting out of the $2.7 million on his contract for next season, his agent Mark Bartelstein told Jeff Goodman of ESPN.

Williams, 31, will have suitors, however the Blazers would like to keep him.

He likely will not get much of a raise but he could get the security of multiple years. He won’t be the first free agent domino to fall but there will be a market for his services and a little competition.