Rumors and speculations are now swirling around the Cleveland Cavaliers guard Mo Williams on his plan in the offseason whether he will exercise his player option or opt out his contract to become an unrestricted free agent.
Mo Williams signed a $4.3 million two-year deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers and a player option worth $2.2 million next season. This means that he can explore the free agency market and search for a new team next season. Though the NBA Finals is not yet over for the Cavs, it seems like Mo William has already decided his plan in the offseason.
According to Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com, Cavaliers point guard Mo Williams has expressed his desire to exercise his player option and return to the Cleveland Cavaliers next season.
“Cleveland Cavaliers guard Mo Williams will bypass becoming an unrestricted free agent this summer to pick up his player option for the 2016-17 season, league sources informed cleveland.com.”
“Williams, 33, signed a modest two-year, $4.3 million deal last season and the second year contained a player option. The deadline for him to opt out is June 16, a league source told cleveland.com. He will earn approximately $2.2 million next season.” Haynes reported.
Early in the 2015-16 NBA season, Mo Williams started the first 14 games when Cavaliers star guard Kyrie Irving was still recovering from an injury. The veteran guard established an impressive performance in the month of November where he averaged 15.6 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 4.5 assists while shooting 53.1% from the field.
According to ESPN, Mo Williams was bothered by the soreness in his knee for much of the season and was diagnosed earlier in the season with chondromalacia. This caused him to miss significant time and made it difficult for him to keep a rotation spot. Williams is now a third-string point guard for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
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