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Blazers Officially Announce Signing Of G Mo Williams

The Portland Trail Blazers officially announced the signing of guard Mo Williams on Thursday.


The Portland Trail Blazers officially announced the signing of guard Mo Williams on Thursday.

Williams will be introduced in a press conference on Thursday afternoon. He will wear No. 7, Brandon Roy's old number.

The Portland Trail Blazers have signed free agent guard Mo Williams, it was announced today by General Manager Neil Olshey.

Williams, 30, holds career averages of 13.8 points (44.0% FG, 38.6% 3PT, 86.9% FT), 2.9 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 0.95 steals in 10 seasons with Milwaukee, Cleveland, the L.A. Clippers and Utah.

"As a player, Mo is an explosive scorer and willing facilitator," said Olshey. "As a person, his character and professionalism will set an outstanding example for our young players on the court, in the locker room and in the Portland community."

An NBA All-Star in 2009, Williams averaged 12.9 points, 2.4 rebounds, a team-high 6.2 assists and 1.00 steal for the Jazz last season.

"I'm very excited to be back with Mo again," said Trail Blazers Head Coach Terry Stotts. "He adds versatility, scoring and veteran leadership to the team."

Williams (6-1, 195) played collegiately at Alabama and was selected by Utah with the 47th overall pick in the second round of the 2003 NBA Draft.

He will wear No. 7 for the Trail Blazers.

Williams will reportedly receive a two-year deal worth $5.4 million.

Williams, 30, averaged 12.9 points and 6.2 assists while shooting 43 percent from the field and 38.3 percent from deep in 46 starts for the Utah Jazz last season. He missed an extended portion of last season after undergoing surgery on his thumb.

Williams' 10-year career has included stops with the Jazz, Milwaukee Bucks, Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Clippers. He was a 2003 second-round pick after spending two years at Alabama.

Williams represents a 15th guaranteed contract for the Blazers and joins a backcourt rotation that includes Damian Lillard, Wesley Matthews, CJ McCollum, Will Barton, Earl Watson and Allen Crabbe.

Coverage of the press conference will be up later Thursday.

-- Ben Golliver | | Twitter