Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Mo Williams announced via Twitter on Wednesday that he would be returning for one more season. It had been previously reported that Williams was weighing retirement following the Cavaliers’ championship run last season, but the 13-year veteran is coming back. He is owed $2.19 million for 2016-17.
The decision to return is certainly a welcome one for the Cavaliers, who lost backup point guard Matthew Dellavedova to the Milwaukee Bucks. Heading into the 2016-17 season, Williams is the only proven guard on the roster capable of backing up starter Kyrie Irving, although rookie Kay Felder could prove himself worthy.
Williams played in a career-low 41 games last season, starting in just 14 games for the eventual world champions. He saw his role diminish down the stretch after a strong start while filling in for the rehabbing Kyrie Irving, averaging just 5.2 minutes per game during the postseason last year. His 8.2 points per game average was the lowest since his rookie season back in 2003-04 with the Utah Jazz.
The peak of Williams’ career came in 2006-2009, starting with the Milwaukee Bucks. But his lone All-Star appearance came in 2008-09 as a member of the Cavaliers, where he has played four seasons in his career. Over his 13-year career, he has donned many a jersey, including the Jazz, Bucks, Cavaliers, Clippers, Jazz (again), Trail Blazers, Timberwolves, Hornets and Cavaliers for his last go-round.
Entering his age-34 season, Williams will likely see his role expand as long as he can stay healthy. While Irving is fully recovered from a fractured kneecap, Williams becomes the trusted security blanket that will serve as his on-the-spot backup.