News just broke that Mo Williams will be signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers, reuniting with LeBron James who he teamed up with from 2008-2010. Williams earned an All-Star selection to the 2009 All-Star Game while in Cleveland, averaging nearly 18 points a game. Interestingly, the New Orleans Pelicans were also involved.
The Pelicans, considering how much of the Mid-Level Exception they could offer since some is dedicated to Dante Cunningham, may have exceeded the Cavs offer. Utilizing the entire MLE would hard cap the Pelicans at the apron, $4 million above the luxury tax line. Williams also had discussions with the San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks. Cleveland, given their location in the East, is by far the safer bet to chase a championship ring. There's a reason the Cavs are favorites for the 2016 championship and it has a lot to do with the path to a ring.
General Manager Dell Demps is still looking for methods to improve the talent on this roster. If Mo Williams was bound for the Crescent City I would think it spelled the end for reserve point guard Norris Cole. Instead as quality reserves are signed the likelihood Cole returns on his one year qualifying offer increases.
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