Former Portland Trail Blazers guard Mo Williams has pushed back against fans that are upset that he agreed to sign with the Minnesota Timberwolves earlier this week.
Williams posted the following messages on Twitter, referring to himself in the third person.
All the Blazers fans that's bashing me for leaving don't have a clue what's going on.
If [the] Portland Trail Blazers wanted to sign Mo Williams, in all retrospect, they could have.
That's [going to] be my [first and] last [time] addressing that. It's a business people.
Williams, who spent the 2013-14 season with the Blazers, reportedly agreed to sign with Minnesota on a one-year, $3.8 million contract.
After the agreement was announced, Williams expressed gratitude to Portland on Twitter...
I want to say thanks to all the fans, coaches [and] staff in rip city. I been a fun [and] successful [year and] I will always be grateful for the opportunity to play for such a classy organization. Thx
With that being said I couldnt be more happy to put on a Twolves jersey. Looking forward to playing with some good young talent and help the maturation process take place.
Williams, 31, averaged 9.7 points and 4.3 assists while shooting 41.7 percent from the field last season.
Williams told reporters during his exit interview that he wanted to sign a three-year contract. Rather than re-signing Williams, Portland elected to sign unrestricted free agent Steve Blake to a two-year deal worth $4.2 million. Blake spent last season with the Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors.
Williams was also linked to the Dallas Mavericks in recent rumors. Dallas wound up agreeing to sign veteran point guard Jameer Nelson, while also re-signing Devin Harris and trading for Raymond Felton.
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