The Mo Williams saga this summer has been a rather strange one, and now it’s taking another turn as ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reports the Cleveland Cavaliers are actively trying to trade him due to an “impasse.”
This drama goes back to earlier in the summer when reports surfaced about a potential retirement. While these rumors swirled, the Cavaliers decided not to waive Williams by the Aug. 31 deadline to stretch out his salary, and he soon announced on Twitter that he planned to return for another season.
But Williams didn’t report to training camp, and Cavaliers general manager David Griffin announced that the 33-year-old had indeed retired. The story then took another twist when the point guard underwent left knee surgery a week ago and seemed to criticize the Cavaliers for not looking out for his health:
Williams hasn’t filed any retirement paperwork with the league, and there’s been no progress toward a contract buyout on the $2.2 million salary for the upcoming season. That has the Cavaliers looking to deal him, otherwise they’d have to eat that money and the luxury tax attached to it. Cleveland is reportedly offering up guard Jordan McRae as an incentive.
The Cavaliers are looking for more point-guard options to help make up for the losses of Williams and Matthew Dellavedova. Rookie Kay Felder is currently the primary backup, and while he’s shown potential, he’s still an unproven rookie who can’t be counted on just yet. This situation with Williams makes it more difficult to make an addition.