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Mo Williams says he'll opt out, but wants to stay in Portland

By Royce Young | NBA writer

Mo Williams says he's going to opt out of his deal this summer. But that doesn't mean he won't stay with the Blazers.

Via, Williams says he plans on opting out of the two-year, $5.4 million deal he signed last summer.

“I would like to be here long term,” Williams revealed to “My goal is to work something out with Portland this summer. I like it here and I want to make this place home


“With our team, we have a makeup of individuals that do something really, really good and when we mesh together, it's like gumbo,” he explained. “That's the best example I can give you of our team. Some teams have a dish where you got your steak, potatoes and asparagus. We're gumbo. Without one of the ingredients, the gumbo just doesn't taste well. But when everything is in that pot, it's just like grandma did it.”

Williams had a player option on that deal and while it's for the full midlevel -- a quality amount for him -- he's likely looking for another long-term deal. He's 31 years old and appears to have put his best basketball behind him. He currently serves as Damian Lillard's backup, playing right at 25 minutes a game.

Williams has been a big part of Portland's remade bench averaging 9.4 points and 4.9 assists, but for him to assume he's going to make more than the $5.4 million he'd be due next season is a bit of a longshot. Maybe he's willing to take less money in order to get a longer contract, though.


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